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Police investigate after peregrine falcon nest 'disturbed' in Forest of Dean

Concerns have been raised after the possible disturbance of a peregrine falcon's nest in the Forest of Dean.

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to, who was seen climbing over a cliff near the nest on 24 May:

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Disturbing the nest risks the birds failing to breed this year.

Peregrines are a protected species, and it's a criminal offence to kill or injure one.

It is also an offence to "intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds" close to their nest during the breeding season.

The intentions of this male are as yet unknown but it is clear that there would have been disturbance to the peregrine nest at this critical time.

– PC Cath McDay

Officers are working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group to identify the man and establish his intentions.

There are only a small number of nest sites in the county.


Bristol Cathedral fitted with new Peregrine nesting box

New homes for two Peregrine falcons that have taken a liking to Bristol Cathedral's roof. Credit: PA

The resident pair of Peregrine Falcons that frequently nest on the roof of Bristol Cathedral have been given a belated Christmas present by the Avon Wildlife Trust - a new nesting box.

The falcons are often seen on the roof of the Cathedral. Credit: Sam Hobson

The Peregrine nesting box has be placed on the roof of the Cathedral, offering a safe and long term nesting site for Bristol's Peregrines.

Two pairs of falcons have nested on the City Centre buildings for the past few years, and experts say the new box could attract another pair to breed.

If the nesting site is successful - eggs could be laid in it as early as the middle of March.

The Trust are looking forward to watching the development:

We hope to be able to install a webcam to provide regular updates and allow ongoing monitoring, so we can learn more about our urban peregrines.

– Avon Wildlife Trust

Bird of prey rescued from dockyard roof

Stock photo of peregrine falcon Credit: PA

Firefighters have rescued a bird of prey trapped in netting on the roof of a property in HMS Drake in Plymouth this morning.

They used an aerial ladder to get to the peregrine falcon, which was trapped in anti-pigeon netting. They used an animal rescue bag that is usually for dogs to hold the bird while they cut it free. It had got its wing and leg caught in the wire but they released it and handed it into the care of the RSPCA.