John Simpson, Crime Correspondent
January 9 2018, 12:01am, The Times
Britain’s peregrine falcons have long been synonymous with their nesting sites on barren crags.
The world’s fastest bird is now seeking sanctuary in cities as it comes under threat from egg poachers and people killing them to protect lucrative game shoots.
They have also become the target of criminals, as in the Middle East wealthy enthusiasts race birds, and falcons can change hands for as much as £200,000.
Peregrine falcons, which can reach 200mph while hunting their prey, have faced increased persecution in the countryside, specialist wildlife police and the RSPB told The Times.