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Peregrine falcons sited nesting by A12 Blackwall Tunnel

PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:35 05 October 2010

Peregrine falcon... perched in a room with a view near St Paul's

Peregrine falcon... perched in a room with a view near St Paul's

THE majestic peregrine falcon has moved into East London. Two pairs of Britain’s most remarkable bird of prey have set up nests near the Blackwall Tunnel.

THE majestic peregrine falcon has moved into East London.

Two pairs of Britain’s most remarkable bird of prey have set up nests near the north entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel.

Peregrine falcons traditionally nest in coastal areas around Britain—only 20 pairs are believed to be nesting in London.

“They are increasingly moving into cities,” said the RSPB’s Tim Webb. “There is plenty for them to eat here and ledges on tall buildings are similar to their traditional cliff face nesting sites.”

Now the RSPB wants to protect this fledgling group near Canary Wharf and has set up guidelines with the Met Police for anyone who comes across them.

“There’s a danger of building maintenance workers facing prosecution by accidentally disturbing nesting peregrines,” Tim added. “We hope the protocol will help people avoid prosecution, allowing peregrines and people to live side by side.”

The peregrine falcon is the fastest creature on earth, with a top speed of 180mph. Pigeons beware—they are usually the peregrines’ meal of choice.


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