As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 23 May 2019

Peregrine falcon nests in Staffordshire targeted by criminals

Two men with air rifles were seen near a nesting site in Cannock Chase on Monday (May 6). Now police say CCTV has been installed at nesting sites used by the birds.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  "Peregrine falcon nests have been targeted by criminal gangs on Cannock Chase. On Monday 6th May, two males were seen with air rifles near to a peregrine nest site. CCTV has now been installed on nest sites. "
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There are estimated to be around 1,500 breeding pairs of peregrine falcons in the UK, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). On their website, the RSPB state:  "Peregrines were at a low point in the 1960s due to human persecution and the impact of pesticides in the food chain. Improved legislation and protection has helped the birds to recover and they have now expanded into many urban areas. "However, they are still persecuted - birds are illegally killed to prevent predation on game birds and racing pigeons. They also have eggs and chicks taken for collections and falconry."

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