Peregrine Survey

Peregrine, Summer Leys LNR, 27th September (Doug McFarlane)
Peregrine, Summer Leys LNR, 27th September 2013 (Doug McFarlane)

This spring the BTO is organising a nationwide Peregrine survey to record the number of occupied territories in the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Details are on the BTO website here and they will be working closely with established groups that study raptors to complete a comprehensive survey of all known territories. Another aspect of the survey is checking for possible breeding in randomly selected 5×5 km squares and there are 14 of these squares in Northants (below).Peregrine map

So far volunteers are lined up to cover 10 of these squares – the remaining vacant squares are in the centre of the county:

SP77_SW   Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Brixworth
SP66_NE   East Haddon, Holdenby, Gt Brington
SP86_NE   Wellingborough
SP86_SW   East Edge of Northampton, Ecton

The aim will be to search each square for suitable habitat (e.g. quarries, pylons, industrial buildings, church towers) and to look for the presence of Peregrines. Apparently in some regions Peregrines will also nest in trees. Three visits to the square are recommended between March and mid-July. The first and second visits will be used to establish the presence or otherwise of Peregrines and the third visit to look for evidence of breeding success or as a further check for Peregrine presence in squares in which Peregrine detection may be particularly challenging.

Volunteers are required for the four remaining squares. If you would like to help, then please contact Barrie Galpin, BTO Regional Representative for Northants, 15 Top Lodge, Fineshade, Corby NN17 3BB

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