Do you want to be part of the continuing success story of the Peregrine Falcon?
The London Peregrine Partnership’s objective is to ensure the protection and breeding success of Peregrine Falcons nesting within the Central London area. If possible we will also provide advice and/or information to assist sites elsewhere in London. Peregrines have been victims of persecution and illegal trade for many years. As a result they are given full legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. In London, they are most likely to be threatened by disturbance to their nest sites.
Disturbance at nest sites caused by building works.
It is a crime to disturb Peregrine Falcons at a nest site. If you have the need to work on or near a roof where Peregrine Falcons are breeding you will need a licence from Natural England. If you do the work without a licence you may be breaking the law and liable to prosecution. A licence will only be granted for exceptional and very specific reasons. All general roof maintenance, including aerials, masts, water tanks, etc, should be completed outside the Peregrine Falcon breeding season. This also applies to demolition and redevelopment of any buildings where Peregrines are nesting.
How you can help
Please let us know if you see Peregrine activity around tall buildings in your area.
The birds will either be perched on the buildings or flying between them. They will not be perched on trees. You may also hear their calls, which can be very loud. The audio clip below contains examples of some of the different vocalizations of the Peregrine that you may hear.
Why contact us?
Your information means that the birds can be given the assistance they need to breed successfully.
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. 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.
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.
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.