Do you want to be part of the continuing success story of the Peregrine Falcon?

Adult female Peregrine in flight
Adult female Peregrine in flight © Nick Dunlop

The London Peregrine Partnership’s objective is to ensure the protection and breeding success of Peregrine Falcons nesting within the London area. To achieve this it is working with the Metropolitan Police, building/estates managers, local communities and other agencies that are concerned with the protection and breeding welfare of the Peregrine. The role of the Partnership is to provide a point of contact for those seeking information and advice regarding Peregrines in London.

Since 2001 the Peregrine Falcon has bred in increasing numbers in London. They nest on the ledges of tall buildings that are the equivalent in cities of their more traditional cliff breeding sites. Their success is due to the abundance of their preferred food (the feral/street pigeon) and the actions of people working on their behalf.

Peregrines have been victims of persecution and illegal trade for many years. As a result they are given full legal protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. In London, they are most likely to be threatened by disturbance to their nest sites.

How you can help

Let us know if during the months of February to July you see Peregrine activity around tall buildings in your area.

Two views of adult female Peregrine
Front and back views of an adult female Peregrine © Tony Duckett © Dave Johnson

The birds will either be perched on the buildings or flying between them. They will not be perched on trees. Typical views are shown in the photos on this page (more images can be found in the gallery).

Adult female Peregrine
Adult female Peregrine © Adrian Dancy

Alternatively you may hear their calls, which can be very loud. Please listen to the audio clip below. It contains examples of some of the different vocalizations of the Peregrine that you may hear.

Calls of the Peregrine Falcon

© Simon Elliott

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Why contact us?

Your information means that the birds can be given the assistance they need to breed successfully.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcons
Juvenile Peregrine Falcons © Tony Duckett

This assistance ranges from advising building managers about this specially protected bird, to giving fledgling Peregrines help in dealing with the perils they face during their first few days of flight.

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon on the ground
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon on the ground © Paolo Taranto

As an example, fledglings occasionally land on the ground or in a constricted area where they are at risk of injury or dehydration. This usually means they have to be rescued and returned to their nesting ledge.

If a nest site is vulnerable we can discuss the possibility of a nest box/tray during a site visit.

The Peregrine's success is not guaranteed. It needs your help.

Sadly, the Peregrine still faces persecution in some areas of the UK. Whilst the British Peregrine is no longer facing extinction it is nevertheless still a vulnerable bird and has the same CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) status as the Tiger. As Derek Ratcliffe, the biologist who was instrumental in saving the Peregrine from pesticide poisoning wrote, There is a responsibility to ensure that the Peregrine survives, both in its own right as one of nature's most spectacular creations, and as a wild creature endlessly fascinating and inspiring to mankind. [1]

This website is dedicated to Dick Treleaven MBE (1920–2009) — Friend of the Peregrine. Dick kindly allowed his sketch to be used for the London Peregrine Partnership logo.

  1. Ratcliffe, Derek (1980) The Peregrine Falcon, p.358. Poyser. [↑]

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