Hello! My name is Steven Brazendale. I’m The Scottish Countryman and I teach people about the countryside.
What I do
I help folks who work too hard indoors to relax outdoors by reconnecting them with the nature. I do this through one-to-one experiences in archery, birds of prey, and fly-fishing; group sessions on countryside ways; and weekend nature retreats for people who are looking for a change of pace or a fresh perspective.
I've been a Countryman for more than 35 years. I grew up in Scotland's north-east, on the edge of a major city, but I was always a country boy at heart. My dad was a farrier and I was lucky enough to learn about the countryside from some exceptional, characterful countrymen, who were steeped in tradition and old ways - a privilege I appreciate more and more as I get older.
I’m a deer man by training and trade; I worked as a deer stalker and manager for more than 30 years. However, my passion, from an early age, was birds. I started to learn about birds of prey when I was about 10 and I learned falconry in my early twenties. Largely self-taught, I was a game hawker for 20 years but I first began offering bird of prey experiences to the public when I established my business in 2008. I now deliver archery, falconry and fly-fishing experiences to help people spend a relaxing and reflective time in the countryside - it’s the prefect way of unwinding and disconnecting from the stresses of the day!
What I offer
My 5-star reviews attest to my passion and excellent customer care and many of my clients have returned several times, keen to share their experience with family and friends. I’m well known for my storytelling and my skill as a communicator and I have an easy rapport with both people and birds, which is not always typical of full-time falconers!
As well as offering clients fly-fishing, falconry and archery, I use my many years' experience as an Estate Manager to offer a consultancy service to sporting estates across Scotland. Although renowned for my expertise in deer management, I also have proven knowledge and experience in forestry, project management, country sports and ground management.
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ADDRESS: Hammer Inn, by Crail, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3XQ
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Licensed: Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
Steve is a countryman with a passion for Scotland's wildlife. He has bred and trained birds of prey and working dogs for more than 30 years. If you have seen him at work you already know he has a very special connection with birds and animals alike, especially with Peter, his Patterdale terrier!
In his role as The Scottish Countryman, Steve uses a team of birds of prey to engage and entertain people as he teaches them about the Scottish countryside. Birds of prey are trained, they are never tamed; Steve merely uses their natural behaviours to demonstrate their skills.
Steve, his premises and his falconry team have all been inspected by the local Council and a local vet, also a falconer, to ensure that work done by The Scottish Countryman | Inspired Falconry meets the UK's strict legislation protecting all animals used in public display.