About the Study Group
The South West Peregrine group are granted a Schedule 1 disturbance Permit by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), "for the purpose of ringing and nest recording and to take and possess addled eggs or eggs from nests known to be deserted". 

The permit  is issued under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The Licence held by the trust, granted by the Country Agency allows the holder of this permit to engage in activities which the trust authorises to the permit holder.

The BTO permit is granted annually to the Permit Holder, who then  in turn appoints accredited agents in respect of each of the nest sites.

The Group has actively been studying a number of sites in both Devon and Cornwall since 2007, predominantly the Northern Coast of Cornwall.

The "Pilgrim's Tail" page is a dedicated blog to the going's on, here in the South West, it provides our viewers with regular updates and news throughout the year as well as an opportunity to publish some of your peregrine pictures and stories.


Birdfair 2015 - Marquee 7 Stand 26 & 39 August 21-23rd Inclusive (Hawk and Owl Stand)

Hawk and Owl Members Weekend Talk by SWP -  Sculthorpe Moor  - October 10th  2015 (Norfolk)

North Somerset & Bristol HoT Group 'A Pilgrim's Tail'  - April 18th 2016 

Aims of the Group:
  • to monitor and record the breeding activities of peregrine falcons at known territories.
  • submit breeding records and data to the BTO, (Nest Record Scheme) to increase the National data.
  • provide protection where possible and report incidents of nest disturbance to the appropriate authority.
  • liaise with other raptor protection and wildlife groups with similar aims.
  • in future years document and submit our findings to the relevant bodies.  
  • raise public awareness of birds of prey persecution continuing in the UK.
  • Engage the younger generation with a close up experience of UK raptors.
  • Provide Educational talks and presentations to groups of all ages.
Please note that we are only a 'study group' and do not have live feeds or web cams at any of the locations, we will not divulge the whereabouts of sites to anyone other than the appropriate authorities to whom we submit our findings. All of the territories, images and data featured on this web site are within the two counties of Devon & Cornwall.

© Photograph Greg Curno

A Juvenile Tiercel sits atop of a lichen covered rocky outcrop
overlooking the waves on the North Cornwall Coast. Here we 
can really see those long toes and sharp talons that will make
this bird such a formidable hunter.