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Peregrine Ringing in Cornwall

South West Peregrine are continuing their ringing programme all along the Cornish coastline again in 2016. Very few birds are likely to survive their first winter and the number of sightings of rung birds on the coastline is still small in comparison to the birds currently being monitored. Ringing at some sites can prove extremely difficult due to the precarious choices of eyeries; some are even difficult to observe and gain accurate data until the young start to fledge.

A short film by Tom Shanta and Greg Curno

Birds rung in Cornwall have however been sighted at other local monitored sites, with some moving into neighbouring Devon and others turning up over the channel. Therefore the group, along with other local teams believe ringing to be an important monitoring option to aid our knowledge of survival and dispersal of the young. Fledgling numbers of  Coastal peregrines would appear to be less on average than their Urban counterparts, although in 2015 we did record our first eyrie to fledge a full clutch of five Eyasses, however many other sites failed to produce young at all.

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North Somerset and Bristol Group at the North Somerset Agricultural Society Countryside Day

On Wednesday 8th July, the North Somerset and Bristol Group were part of the Countryside Day organised by the North Somerset Agricultural Society. Approximately 2,600 primary school children from Bristol and North Somerset attended the day and learned about different aspects of the journey their food takes from plough to plate. Pupils met a variety… Continue Reading

HOT AGM & Members’ Weekend 2015 Info – Book Now

The 2015 Hawk and Owl Trust AGM & Members’ Weekend will be held at our Sculthorpe Moore Community Nature Reserve near Fakenham, Norfolk on 9, 10 & 11 October 2015 All members and supporters are encouraged to attend our annual get together. Hosts Sculthorpe Moor have planned an extensive programme of events, visits and meetings… Continue Reading

South West Peregrine – A New Look Website

The South West Peregrine team have launched a new look website at the end of yet another busy season of fieldwork, data collection and educational talks. The group has continued to expand it’s number of contributors over the past 12 months. The website takes on a fresh look and includes other frequently encountered species encountered… Continue Reading

An Opportunity to Observe Cooperative Attacks on Common Buzzard by Urban Peregrines

On Sunday 7 June members of South West Peregrine joined Urban Peregrine researcher’s Nick Dixon and Andrew Gibbs, the co-authors of the British Birds Article ‘Cooperative Attacks By Urban Peregrine on Common Buzzard’ (May 2015 Issue), opposite the home of the study pair at St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Exeter. A small team of… Continue Reading

Youngest of Norwich Peregrine Chicks Dies

The death of the smallest peregrine chick at Norwich Cathedral yesterday came as a sad surprise to all of us, even though we know that life for young peregrines is tenuous at this stage of their development. We have gone through the recorded footage for clues as to why it died but can still only speculate.… Continue Reading