The Falconers' Society, later The Falconers' Club, was founded in 1770. Meetings were held every April for kite and crow hawking. In 1783, the establishment consisted of 32 slight falcons (or peregrin), 13 German hawks (goshawks) and 7 Iceland falcons. Colonel Thornton was manager of the club and after George Walpole's death in 1791 the Club was controlled by Lord Berners. The Club later became known as the 'High Ash Club'. Heron hunting continued as a popular sport until the mid-19th Century.