Peregrine

This is a rare resident breeding bird which nests close to Edinburgh. Migrant birds are reported along Edinburgh’s coast line. Peregrines have attempted to breed on the ledges of buildings in the city centre. In 2005 there was a failed breeding attempt in the west end and birds have been regularly seen in this area. This species bred successfully for the first time in 20 years on the suburbs of Edinburgh in 2010 due to a 24/7 protection scheme run by the National Wildlife Crime Unit . If you wish to volunteer on this scheme in the future please contact Charles Everitt of the National Wildlife Crime Unit. This species has undergone a population recovery in many parts of the UK and breeds successfully in a number of cities such as Bath, Derby, Manchester, and London. It is only a matter of time before this species breeds successfully in Edinburgh. We will update you with the latest on Edinburgh Peregrines on this website. If you have seen this species in Edinburgh please report your sighting on the Sightings in Edinburgh page.

The peregrine is a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and receives special protection at all time.

Peregrines have pointed wings and strong flight - they are larger and stockier than kestrels and the tail is not so long

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See the RSPB web site for more information on identification and ecology.