02 June 2012: Irene O'Brien of the NPWS abseiling to a Co Sligo Peregrine Falcon nest to ring chicks under licence during the 2012 Peregrine Falcon Breeding survey.
APPEAL FOR SLIGO & LEITRIM PEREGRINE FALCON BREEDING RECORDS
The 2012 North-West Peregrine Falcon Breeding Survey was the first year of a long-term study that aims to monitor the breeding success of this charismatic bird of prey, by careful and responsible monitoring of nest sites, recording of breeding data and the ringing of chicks where possible. While Peregrines are no longer rare, they are believed to be subject to ongoing low-level persecution, but there may also be climatic and food availability factors in the uplands impacting on their productivity. This study aims to identify as many as possible of their lofty breeding sites, using historical data, surveying by the survey team, and crucially with the help historical records from members of the public. These sites will be monitored for success, productivitiy, and any evidence of persecution.
If you are aware of sites that have held breeding Peregrine Falcons in the past, please send the survey team, in strictest confidence, the details you have. Ideally a grid reference would help pinpoint the location, but any information on active and especially, vocal, Peregrine Falcons in the breeding season would be extremely welcome. Please email any data you may have to email@example.com
The Survey team are extremely grateful for the information received in 2012 from birders, hill-walkers, anglers and emergency services (mountain rescue). Feedback has been provided to each person reporting a nest site in respect of "their" site/sites and this will also be provided in 2013. On behalf of Irene O'Brien (National Parks & Wildlife Service Ranger & Survey Co-Ordinator), we would like to express our appreciation for the information passed on in 2012, and we look forward to more in 2013. We are also interested in Raven nest sites, so we can study the effect of any potential interaction between the proximity of Raven nests and Peregrine Falcon nest success & productivity - again please email any data you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org