Hello, just wanted to ask a few questions about peregrine falcons. i work at church at the start of November a peregrine was seen on the spire we now think we have a pair as people have taken pictures of a male and female.
I just wanted to know what laws are they protected by?
Can we still do the Repairs on the church now they are here?
Hi Grant welcome to the community.
Peregrines have the full protection of the law under the Wildlife and Countryside 1981 act http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-3614 which mainly covers illegal persecution and disturbance of their nesting sites.
Many Churches up and down the country have nest boxes on them now and as long as you follow the law there is nothing to stop you doing repairs, Derby Cathedral had a full new roof last year (I think) right under the nest box.
There is more info here on Peregrines http://london-peregrine-partnership.org.uk/the-law.html
I even follow one on St Georges Church in Sheffield they have a webcam as do most sites now. peregrine.group.shef.ac.uk/
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This is the work Derby did under the box community.rspb.org.uk/.../1091771
Hi Grant, work is also being carried out here ... www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/.../repair-and-restoration-cathedrals-roof & they have nesting Peregrines too raising young each year ... might be worth you asking what precautions they took to orotect their birds!
Do you have any plans to instal a webcam?
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In reply to Alan.:
I don't think we have any nest yet, ive been up to the top of the tower a few times ive not seen anything but what they have been eating.
I took someone up who was interested in what they had been hunting he collected everything dried them out and sent me this list
"The numbers indicated apply to the number of individual prey species collected. Many of the prey items had not been eaten, or were only partly eaten
In reply to WendyBartter:
We have no plans yet, After the work is carried out on the top of the tower maybe we can look at a box and webcam.
Whereabouts are you - it is possible that there is already a church/cathedral not too far away that can help and advise.
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