Following the placement of the covert cameras within Devon I can report that 2 males have been dealt with for approaching a Peregrine Falcon nest site without the appropriate disturbance licences.
A 43 year old male from Brixham was issued a police caution for intentional disturbance of a schedule 1 bird. This male was pictured on a police camera placed near to a Peregrine Falcon nest site on the south coast of Devon during The end of March this year. He was captured approaching and leaving the nest site in company with another male just 48hrs after the camera was put into position.
Following a positive identification he was arrested and his property searched. In interview he fully admitted the offence of intentional disturbance of a Peregrine Falcon nest site.
He was in company with a 44 year old male also from the Brixham area again identified from the camera images. He was also arrested and interviewed regarding the offence. At his property a camera was located which contained images of the nest site containing a single egg. In interview he fully admitted a separate offence of disturbance at the same nest site but on a different date. He approached the site to take photographs of the nest. He was also issued a police caution for the offence.
Both males were issued strong words of advice regarding the law surrounding approaching the nest sites of birds listed under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
I would like to again thank the Devon Birdwatching and Preservation Society for their kind assistance in funding the cameras for this operation.