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Partners join forces to create replacement nesting site for Harworth peregrines

Wednesday 27th January

Partners join forces to create replacement nesting site for Harworth peregrines

Earlier this month a specially built nesting box was installed at All Saints Church in Harworth, Nottinghamshire to replace a previous nesting site on the pit tower at the former Harworth Colliery which is set to be demolished to make way for new development.  

The new nest site has been arranged in partnership with the Church and Harworth Estates, the company responsible for the redevelopment of the former colliery site.

Peregrine falcons are a protected bird of prey. Their traditional habitat would be sea cliffs and rocky outcrops in upland areas but in recent years many pairs have made their nests on man-made structures and buildings which mimic their traditional habitat.

The population of peregrines suffered terribly due to the extensive use of harmful pesticides such as DDT as seed dressings in the 1950’s and 1960’ s and by the mid- 1960s around 80% of the population had been lost. Thankfully the species has recovered and their move into more urban areas has made them one of the easiest birds of prey to see and enjoy in many parts of the UK. Sadly, peregrine nests are still targeted by egg collectors and groups who wish to see the population limited. As a result, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and other conservation groups commit considerable resources to monitoring and protecting known nest sites to prevent persecution. 

Speaking about the new nest site, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: Quote from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust:

“The peregrine falcon is a majestic and beautiful bird of prey, renowned for its speed and agility as a hunter. Their adaptability has enabled them to move into many new areas over the past 50 years and once it became clear that the nest site on the colliery tower would be lost, we were delighted to be able to work with Haworth Estates and All Saints Church to  provide an alternative.

The charity has been monitoring a peregrine nest on a Nottingham Trent University building in the centre of Nottingham for over a decade and works with a number of landowners across the county to protect birds of prey nests.

A gallery of images of the installation can be viewed here

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