The South West Peregrine Group was formed in 2007. The Group was formed to continue the work of Richard Treleaven (MBE) (1920 -2009), who had been studying the lives of Peregrines on the North Cornish Coast since the late 1940’s. Dick as he was popularly known was recognised for many years as one of the foremost authorities on the Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) and his extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for the birds brought him into contact with many specialists all over the world.
During his long and illustrious involvement with Peregrines which spanned 50 plus years he witnessed the massive decline in falcon numbers due to DDT poisoning and was a leading campaigner in the banning of the substance. He was therefore delighted with the gradual re-colonisation of his local study area.
One of Dick’s major concerns in his latter years was that there was no one willing or able to continue his studies of his beloved Cornish birds, as a group we have been more than happy and indeed privileged to follow in Dick’s footsteps. Filling his large shoes has been a very steep but rewarding learning curve to all concerned.
We are now entering our sixth year of field work, of which all breeding records are submitted to the BTO’s Nest Record Scheme. We are a team of five willing and enthusiastic volunteers, who put in many hours of work to collect this data along a 65km stretch of Cornish Coastline.
Group member Luke Sutton is currently carrying out a long term prey species study on coastal Peregrines. Luke has been kind enough to offer a brief look into his findings thus far, which can be seen on our website’s latest news page. Other plans for the future include, hopefully, a group stand at the Bird fair at Rutland Water, if we can get invited, fingers crossed, this would give us a great opportunity to meet and thank some of those individuals who have been so supportive in terms of what we are trying to achieve.
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