Shropshire Peregrine Group

 Est. 1997


The Shropshire Peregrine Group is licensed by Natural England and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the statutory authorities under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to "observe and examine peregrine nests for the purpose of science and education, and to take and possess addled/deserted eggs". In practice the licence is granted annually to the Group Co-ordinator, who then appoints accredited agents in respect of each nest site.

Nest records submitted to the BTO currently comprise almost 20% of the total number of records submitted nationally in respect of peregrine falcons.

In 2004 the work of the Group was featured on the BBC "Britain Goes Wild" programme, the forerunner of the popular "Springwatch" series.

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The Group was formally established in September 1997 with the first meeting of volunteer site wardens. Prior to that, groups of volunteers had worked with local village communities to provide round-the-clock protection at some of the most vulnerable nest sites in the County.

The aims of the Group are to: