This pair of falcons who use the United Utilities estates for their breeding attempts have managed to produce just 1 chick out of 5 eggs laid this season. We are not sure how people reading this will perceive it but any one with even a small understanding of wild nesting birds will know that although clutches of [...]
Unfortunately the field worker who attended site 1 didn’t have his camera with him at the time so no images to accompany this update… We do apologise for this… However 2 healthy chicks are reported as of Sunday the 17th of May 2009. Further checks on the site will be carried out in the coming [...]
As mentioned before on this website, the United Utilities estates in the Forest Of Bowland are a flag ship body in helping the cause and breeding attempts of many schedule 1, protected raptors. It is without doubt THE last strong hold area for the Hen Harrier population and THE leading estates for production and [...]
Checked earlier today – two chicks in good health. No sign of the third egg.
Raptor persecution is not only confined to the Forest of Bowland, it has been happening in Cumbria for the whole of the 20th century, but more particularly in the northern Pennines which is the main area for game (grouse) shooting activities. Peregrine falcons that try to establish a breeding territory in the area get [...]
Quite obviously due to the issues raised by this website the safety and success of all nesting peregrines and other birds of prey in the Bowland area is our paramount concern. The safety and security of these birds will not under any circumstances be put at jeopardy by our group and we keep an [...]
In the many years that field workers have been monitoring and studying in Bowland, a lot of experience is gained about individual sites, birds and rearing capabilities. These can obviously vary as the same bird and even same pair of birds aren’t guaranteed to be in the same site every year, but to a point, [...]
“Been back to the site today and both birds gone and chick gone, and this has happened since Saturday morning…”
More to follow.
Site 2 now has 2 healthy chicks and 1 unhatched egg – chicks very healthy, and approx 10 – 14 days old.
Site 6 – it was assumed that all 3 eggs had been “tampered” with. However, on inspection today one chick was found just hatched (within last the 12 hours) and the other [...]
Due to other commitment’s I’ve not been able to to give this site the attention it deserves in the last few days. However, my time is my own again, and I’m playing ‘catch-up’ with the reports I’ve received in the meantime.
Thanks for your patience.