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.