Last year you may remember that there was a furore over Natural England issuing licences for falconers to take a small number of Wild Peregrine chicks into captivity for captive breeding;
16 April: Natural England issues licences to take Peregrines from the wild where this blog broke the news that Natural England had issued licences to take Peregrine chicks from the wild for the first time for decades
16 April: Guest blog – taking Peregrines from the wild for falconry by Gary Wall where one of the licensees explained the justification for this activity
17 April: Wild Peregrines for falconry (continued) where I gave my thoughts on the subject
1 May: Peregrines and licences by Bob Elliot – commentary on the subject from the OneKind chief exec.
6 May: News: Natural England and the Peregrine chicks – not quite true… where we learned that the chicks to be taken were not all going to be the smallest chicks in the nest.
I’ve recently learned from a reliable source, who asked Natural England, that no Peregrines were taken under license in 2020. What with lockdaowns and the unwillingness of raptor workers to cooperate with this proposal I guess that isn’t surprising. I wonder what will happen this year. This blog probably won’t be around to tell you…[registration_form]