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Derbyshire gets first ever peregrine protection trainee

Published on Thursday 29 April 2021

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has just announced they have recruited a member of staff dedicated to peregrine protection thanks to funding from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Peregrine Falcons across Derbyshire have long been subject to raptor persecution such as raiding their nests for eggs, poisonings, shootings and trappings. Tackling raptor persecution is a national Police wildlife crime priority but we can all do more.

This new role seeks to reduce these appalling wildlife crimes by working in partnership with RSPB, Local Raptor Groups and Derbyshire Constabulary to ensure a coordinated approach to the protection of these iconic birds throughout the country. 

Julia Gow at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said, “The population of Peregrines in the UK suffered a dramatic decline during the 1950s due to pesticides. Across the country they have since been steadily increasing – particularly in urban areas. But sadly the population levels in Derbyshire are still lower than they should be, and the population we current have are at high risk of persecution. As a result this role is really important, these birds should be here and should be thriving. They need as much protection as possible.”  

Kim Leyland of South Peak Raptor Study Group added, “It’s great to see this funding being put towards raptor conservation, and we look forward to working closely with the new Peregrine Protection Trainee to continue monitoring and protecting nest sites in the Peak District.”

Peregrine falcons are the world’s fastest animal, reaching unbelievable speeds of up to 390kph. This partnership seeks to protect peregrines across Derbyshire to help them thrive and to reduce incidents of wildlife crime against them. This role is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

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