Providing new homes was on the Agenda at South West Peregrine; this week the group have been installing a Kestrel box in rural Cornwall, hoping to offer a new home to another of our struggling Birds of Prey. Although we still see good numbers of coastal Kestrel, it is believed that they could be declining and no one reason at the moment has been identified as cause for the concern. So as part of National Nest box week the volunteers got in touch with the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Adopt a Box scheme and got on with siting this box (No. 10480). Whoever takes advantage of this home will have a good variety of habitats from which it can provide for any potential family. Open Farmland, Scrubland and Wooded areas all adjourn the chosen location. We look forward to seeing the results. The group are planning to also site Barn Owl and Tawny Owl boxes along with a number of baskets to replicate stick nests. Each will be monitored and allow the group to gain a better understanding of other species of Birds of Prey and their habitat needs. The group are also working with local wildlife camera company Handykam using covert video technology to bring a closer insight into the lives of our Birds of Prey.
2015 here we go again
A poisoned peregrine has been found on a grouse moor in Stirlingshire, resulting in a police raid last Friday (20th Feb).
Incredibly, Police Scotland issued a press statement immediately after the raid. The speed of this publicity and their willingness to inform the public about this crime is warmly welcomed.
Here’s what the press release said:
Today Police Scotland executed search warrants on a shooting estate in the Stirling area after a Peregrine Falcon was found to have been poisoned by the banned pesticide Carbofuran.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said:
“In July 2014, a member of the public contacted police to report a dead Red Kite on the same estate. Subsequent investigation revealed this bird was also poisoned with the same banned pesticide. There was no release of information to the general public at this time for operational reasons”.
“It is evident that an ongoing and intentional effort to poison…
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We are all very much looking forward to a busy 2015, after what was another great year in 2014 with the BTO’s Peregrine Survey being undertaken. We await the National Results with interest.
Every year however is Peregrine survey for us; now moving into our 8th full season as a group. Many changes have taken place in that time, but the thrill of getting out on the coast and glassing a Peregrine for the first time each year is always a memorable occasion.