Protocol

Procedure to follow if peregrines are seen, heard or suspected on your building/ structure.

  1. if a bird is seen or heard on your roof space or any other area which you suspect may be a Peregrine Falcon, please vacate the area immediately. If a large roof this will mean vacating the whole of it as the Schedule 1 Licence applies to both small and large roofs, reaction if breeding will be the same at any distance if in the breeding cycle.
    Make sure that all other personnel/staff who may have access to the roof/area are aware that the roof/area is totally off limits for the time being until it can be confirmed by a licensed individual.
    Please be aware that if any further roof activity etc.. you could, if the peregrines are breeding, be unknowingly breaking the Schedule 1 Wildlife Laws (See Schedule 1 for definition)
  2. Contact myself or NaturalEngland and I will visit the site to check if, firstly Peregrines are present, and secondly if in the licence period, are they breeding?
  3. If not breeding but present, it could be that a single or a pair are using the building/structure from another local breeding site – further actions to then be discussed with Building owner.
  4. If on inspection of area by myself and found to be breeding – actions will be as follows.
    1. Is the nest scrape - eggs/young in a vulnerable area?
    2. Is the nest likely to interfere with building maintenance/access?
  5. I will then discuss the licence implications with the building owner/manager and hopefully a satisfactory outcome for all can be achieved. Much depends on what stage the peregrines are at, whether it is at the egg or young stage; this will determine a procedure to follow.

    If found to be breeding I will communicate and liaise with Building Owners/Managers as we go forward into the breeding season, guidance will be given at all times, then discussed if owners would also like to encourage pairs to again breed the following year.

    For reference breeding London Peregrines come under licence from February 1st at least until mid July, again the July date may well be extended if a pair fail first time round and then re-lay again, obviously then the licence period will then be extended. Additionally a new pairing could well lay eggs late and the licence period would extend to cover them.