This year looks like being one of the worst on record for crimes against peregrines.
The RSPB has been flooded with reports of birds being poisoned, trapped and shot and or their chicks being taken from the nest.
Reported incidents already number more than 50 for the year, with more waiting to be processed. [...]
It is very distressing once again to report that a family of Peregrine falcons have been found dead in their quarry nesting site. The police have now launched a full investiagtion and suspect that the adult peregrine falcon and her three young chicks were poisoned at their nesting site in Houghton Quarry, near Sunderland on [...]
Strathclyde Police probe launched over poisoned Golden Eagle.
We have just received information from Scotland that once again a Golden Eagle has been found poisoned, this time in Argyll.
The dead Eagle was found by hill walkers on the slopes of Beinn Udlaidh in the Glen Orchy area on 7 June. The walkers alerted [...]
Thursday 18 June – today field workers visited one of the last peregrine territories in the Forest of Bowland still containing un-fledged young. The site established on a steep sandstone cliff is located in one of Bowland’s more remote moorland locations and is owned by United Utilities. The site when first examined in the [...]
As mentioned previously the peregrine breeding season is rapidly coming to a close throughout Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. We would expect most breeding falcons to have young on the wing and learning to become aerial experts by the 21st of June. Granted weather conditions and food availability can affect this development, and of course [...]
As the season draws to a rapid close, we thought that it would be a suitable time to highlight the contrast between the productivity from three peregrine nest sites established on moorland owned by United Utilities and three additional occupied peregrine territories on a neighbouring keepered private estate.
Once again, we learn that the police in the Bowland area are using a law designed to deter off-road cars and bikes from causing a nuisance in the countryside for a purpose it was never intended for. Please read this item from the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society web site relaying information from the [...]
Let me tell you a tale. ‘When I were a lad’, I had respect for the law – mainly in the shape of the village bobby. The one in my village only had one eye, so if you were up to no good, it was best to keep on the right side of him [...]
We have already reported in our earlier posts that site 7 has been one of a number of nesting sites subjected to persistent persecution and interference over the last two decades in the Forest of Bowland. In the last 10 seasons, despite eggs being laid at site 7 each year, only 3 young have [...]
We are extremely pleased to report the success of two fledged peregrine chicks at site 2 this week. Both chicks seen in our image highlights what can be done if the landowner is sympathetic to breeding raptors. This is the second year this pair of peregrines have been successful at this site. Last year [...]