Peregrine falcons, although wonderfully powerful raptors are vulnerable. In particular, they are vulnerable in their nest sites when they are breeding and can desert nests if they are deliberately or accidentally disturbed.
Peregrine falcons have opportunistically used tall man-made structures in cities to nest on and hunt from. These sites may be lost through development, or disturbance caused by regular or episodic maintenance work to these structures. People for Peregrines, acts to help reduce conflicts between development and maintenance of structures and the needs of the birds. This is a great example of people working together with peregrines in Suffolk ensuring both the needs of the peregrines and the buildings they occupy are met.
Many birds also nest in used or disused quarries. These sites tend to be more vulnerable to disturbance and deliberate persecution. We are involved in active protection programmes on a number of sites to prevent this. Please contact us if you would like to support our work or need help protecting a site near you.
The video and articles below, shows some of the recent threats facing peregrines:
- Nests raided
- Air rifle shooting
- Drones and peregrines
- Chicks stolen
- Nests attacked
As well as the more traditional threats facing peregrines, new technology and the urban environment bring new untested potential threats such as the flying of drones. As drone technology rapidly evolves and becomes increasingly common we are investigating the impact that this could have on breeding peregrines. Below is a copy of the drone code from the Civil Aviation Authority and more detailed information can be found on their website.
Photo credit Georges Lignier & Cuatrok77