Wild Take



A podcast about a couple trying to find and train a wild hawk in Ireland.


  • Ed interviews Anya for Claremorris Community Radio

    Ed interviews Anya for Claremorris Community Radio

    04/07/2018 Duration: 07min

    Late June 2018: It's two years since Anya's first tree climb for a hawk. She's back in the harness again this summer, and Ed interviews her in a report for the local community radio station, Claremorris Community Radio: www.ccr946.ie.

  • #9 Time to climb

    #9 Time to climb

    05/08/2016 Duration: 45min

    At midsummer, the moment finally arrived for Anya to climb the tree. What happened next surprised us. And what happened after that. And after that too. It's taken a month to get this episode edited and finished, but here it is.

  • #8 I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again

    #8 I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again

    20/06/2016 Duration: 21min

    This midsummer night's episode finds us taking a deep breath and gathering our thoughts. We are only a day or two from attempting the wild take. In the forest, we and the sparrowhawks get closer than ever.

  • #7 Learning the ropes

    #7 Learning the ropes

    10/06/2016 Duration: 23min

    In this episode we venture out with workmate and arborist Denis, who shows Anya how to climb spruce trees. A new hobby! We also take Denis to look at the nest itself to ask him, Is it doable?

  • #6 No falsifying dream

    #6 No falsifying dream

    24/05/2016 Duration: 33min

    In this episode we discuss a question from a listener, and you get to hear us swear in excitement about another significant discovery.

  • #5 Sparrowhawk nest!

    #5 Sparrowhawk nest!

    23/04/2016 Duration: 17min

    A turning point in the journey, the intense beauty of which is a bit overwhelming.

  • #4 Back-garden Adventures

    #4 Back-garden Adventures

    18/04/2016 Duration: 36min

    In this episode, we spend a dark and lonely night on the island in the hope of meeting a hawk. But even back gardens can be scary, strange places. We face the fear, and find mysteries high and low. Book mentioned: 'Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe' (2nd ed.) by Roy Brown, John Ferguson, Michael Lawrence and David Lees, 2003, Christopher Helm / A&C Black. Film mentioned: 'The Secret Life of the Sparrowhawk' by Dave Culley, narrated by Chris Packham: sparrowhawk-island.co.uk.

  • #3 Indiana Bones

    #3 Indiana Bones

    21/03/2016 Duration: 28min

    We're deep in the woods this episode, where the search for nest sites gathers pace. What do you find when you sit and wait; what happens when you track and follow?

  • #2 Licence granted!

    #2 Licence granted!

    10/03/2016 Duration: 26min

    Yes, we got the licence - but what do we really think we're getting ourselves in for? Also in this episode: highs and lows in the search for nest sites, tips from an old hand, and how falconry can help you in the boardroom.

  • #1 First forays

    #1 First forays

    26/02/2016 Duration: 23min

    In our first full episode we talk about our recent first attempts to locate possible sparrowhawk nest sites.

  • Trailer


    16/02/2016 Duration: 04min

    Welcome to Wild Take, a podcast about falconry and hawking.