Following the tragic death of the female peregrine falcon (one of a pair) which occurred at St Thomas’s church in St Anne’s recently, the North West Raptor Protection Group received approval from the church to install a CCTV surveillance system over looking the car park below the perch where the dead falcon was recovered on 17th February.
First live images of the new replacement female
A local company, MD Security, provided and installed the system at St Thomas’s agreeing to part fund the project to improve protection of the new nesting pair at St Thomas’s. The North West Raptor Protection Group is hopeful people in the St Anne’s and Lytham area who were furious when they read of the death of the first peregrine, will collectively help fund the shortfall of £300 needed to pay for the supply and installation of the surveillance system. The group feels the equipment may be needed to help identify anyone wishing to harm the breeding peregrines at the church in the future.
Thanks to everyone who have kindly donated to this campaign the target of £300 was reached in less than 5 days which will now fully fund the system. However, the campaign was originally set to run for 29 days, this now leaves 25 days before the campaign is terminated. It was decided therefore today to increase the original target to £800, with the additional £500 it is now proposed to fund the installation (at the end of 2017), of a Peregrine webcam overlooking the nesting box at the top of St Thomas’s church in time for the 2018 breeding season.
The webcam will be linked via WIFI to the internet allowing people to watch the nesting peregrines at the church from their own PC’s or tablets where ever they are in the world in real time. The project will also include the installation of a TV linked monitoring station in one of the church’s public rooms. Terry Pickford a founder member of the North West Raptor Protection Group is very hopeful the new proposal will prove to be of significant educational benefit to the pupils of nearby schools in and around the Lytham St Annes area.
We would like to invite businesses who may wish to associate their company name with this project by sponsoring the scheme, you can get in touch by using the Contact Us link located in the top left of this page.