Young peregrine falcons, when they first try to fly, often end up grounded. Often the birds are able to eventually find their way back to the safety of a high perch. However, as peregrines are becoming an increasingly urbanised bird this means if they do come to the ground in a urban site, it is a potentially very dangerous place and time for them.
Although, it maybe tempting and with the best intentions, handling and removing any peregrine is not only a job which should be left only to the experts but is also illegal.
Rehabilitating a peregrine falcon, with the view to rereleasing it back into the wild, is not a simple and straightforward task. Understanding the birds behaviour, nursing it back to health, when and where to release it and avoiding human imprinting are critical success factors in the rehabilitation of any wild peregrine. As part of the People for Peregrines network, we work with the UK’s experts who have a huge amount of knowledge and experience in their field and who regularly help rehabilitate birds and return them to the wild, fed and healthy.
So if you find a grounded or injured peregrine please contact us and we will put you in touch with the right people in your area.
Re-release of Peregrine young at Birmingham University