Peregrines Falcon birds have been given the highest possible legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Traditionally found on sea cliffs and upland crags, peregrine falcons are increasingly spotted in town centres.
To prevent injury to Peregrine Falcons, the contractor delivered a Peregrine Falcon guidance note as a form of Dos and Don’ts.
- If you come across a juvenile peregrine on the ground or any hazardous position, alert your supervisor of the bird presence and keep eye contact with the bird to prevent it from being lost on site. If possible, do not leave it alone but keep your distance.
- Do contact your supervisor and Emergency contact if Peregrine is injured or distressed. The site contacts will review any injuries and then put the bird into a large cardboard box when they come to assist. This will also stop the bird from stressing.
- In the event of an emergency, contact a dedicated 24hr emergency helpline https://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk.
- If you see a Peregrine sitting anywhere on the construction site, do not start work. Please alert your supervisor or security first using the provided contact details.
- Do not try to pick the bird up under any circumstances; you may harm the bird and be hurt. Peregrine Falcons are armed with a powerful hooked beak and 15mm talons which can inflict painful injuries. An adult bird may be stressed and may dive at you. Attacks are rare but be aware.
- Do not put yourself in harm’s way. The adults Peregrine will likely be very stressed and vocal, they may dive at you, and attacks are rare but be aware of their presence.