School and Group Events                                  

South West Peregrine can offer a unique learning experience for Children and Adults alike

The group who have been studying Peregrine Falcon's throughout Devon and Cornwall since 2007 and recognise the importance of engagement with the local community and especially the chance to work with the conservationists of the future.

We have been running an exhibit and talk for local birding groups and people with an interest in wildlife for sometime as well as on the road at events such as Birdfair (Rutland Water)and Plymouth Mount Batten BioBlitz.

We are an affiliated group to the Hawk and Owl Trust, and can offer an exciting, visually stimulating and educational display to children of most ages.

For Schools the talk encompasses many of the core curriculum subjects ranging from Anatomy, Seasons and Materials meaning a relevance to what children are studying in class today.

The display and talk does not involve any live animals, however is full of engaging imagery, sound clips and videos as well as many interactive items for students from measuring their wingspan, to weighing the birds and understanding the life-cycle of this incredible animal (the fastest on the planet). Most importantly it offers a valuable close up experience of the Natural World that can be explored right here in the South West of England.

The Peregrine is an apex predator that lives a life of persecution and through education we can all help to change that mindset.

If you would be interested in making a booking, then please contact us at mail@southwestperegrine.org.uk

A small fee is charged to cover the groups travel and any expenses incurred. All  work is voluntary so as much notice as possible is required. 

Batten Bay, Plymouth, Devon
Batten Bay Bio Blitz 2014



Flickr                                                                            
Take a look at the Wild Peregrine Falcon group on flickr to see some wonderful images of the species from all around the globe.















A Peregrine Diet Study                                             

A study into the diet of coastal Peregrines in South Devon

Luke Sutton

As a part time ecology student, I am interested in predator-prey Interrelationships and the role of apex predators in ecosystems. Apex predators are often seen as indicators of ecological health and one of the essential roles they fulfil is in regulating the abundance of the species they prey upon.

Since April 2012, I have been studying the diet of two pairs of Peregrines on the South Devon coast. The diet of urban Peregrines in South West England has been well documented over the past decade but there is still a lack of knowledge about coastal Peregrine diet. This study could develop a greater understanding in this area of Peregrine ecology and possibly document previously unrecorded hunting behaviour and movements.

One of the major difficulties in studying coastal Peregrine diet is obtaining regular prey samples from sea cliff sites. Through observation and fieldwork from the coastal breeding survey, I have found two territories where it is relatively easy to access the plucking points of the birds to retrieve prey remains and more importantly, without disturbing them.

I collect prey remains and pellets from each site once a week from various perches and plucking points situated in their territories. These are then analysed and identified using reference books, a feather reference website and also with help from friend and colleague Ed Drewitt

As you would expect on the coast, feathers do not take long to be blown away by strong winds and often I am recording species from just a few pieces of evidence left. However, I have had some excellent weekends of collecting and recording and during one weekend in December I recorded 16 prey items from 13 different prey species from both sites, including Feral Pigeon (2), Woodpigeon, Blackbird (3), Starling, Woodcock, Jackdaw, Lesser Black Backed Gull (Juv.), Chaffinch, Little Grebe, Magpie, Black Headed Gull, Razorbill and Redwing. This list illustrates the diverse range of prey taken by coastal Peregrines and how effective they are at adapting to seasonal prey availability.

At present it is still too early in my study to draw any definite conclusions but as more samples are collected a broader picture of the coastal Peregrines’ dietary behaviour should start to develop. I plan to do another 3 more years of fieldwork and then publish my findings.

This work is kindly supported by a research grant from the Hawk and Owl Trust  who donated funds for travel costs and reference books.


Examples of Coastal Prey



2014 Yearly Report