Falcons could be evicted from their Brighton home

A peregrine falcon nest box could be removed from the tallest building in Sussex so maintenance work can take place.

But residents living in Sussex Heights, Brighton, are upset and claim they have never been consulted about the plans.

A petition has been set up to save the nesting box which was put onto the roof of the building by Graham Roberts from the Sussex Ornithological Society in 1998 to help protect the nests.

Sussex Heights has been home to a number of breeding pairs of urban peregrine falcons since the mid-1990s. There has only been one year when they have not nested on Sussex Heights.

Resident Allan Sayers said the board of directors from Sussex Heights Ltd claimed they had discussed the situation with the residents but he says no discussions have taken place.

The nest box, which has a webcam, allows an insight into the life of the peregrine falcons and how they bring up their young. Last year it was watched 125,000 times.

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4:31pm Wed 20 Jan 10

tombraider59 says...

If they have to do this, they should consult with the RSPB to ascertain when the best time would be for minimal disturbance.
If they have to do this, they should consult with the RSPB to ascertain when the best time would be for minimal disturbance. tombraider59

5:16pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Saker-Clive says...

The average breeding time for falco pereginus is March to May with fledging time of about 45 days for the young. Why can't work be done outside this time? If the birds have been there since 1988................
..has no building maintainance been carried out and if not I bet the residents have still had to pay vast amounts each year on their maintainance!!!
I beleive it is 'illegal' to disturb nesting birds without proper consultation with DEFRA or English Nature etc. Why could things not have been sorted out last year, when alternative nesting arrangements could have been implemented?
The average breeding time for falco pereginus is March to May with fledging time of about 45 days for the young. Why can't work be done outside this time? If the birds have been there since 1988................ ..has no building maintainance been carried out and if not I bet the residents have still had to pay vast amounts each year on their maintainance!!! I beleive it is 'illegal' to disturb nesting birds without proper consultation with DEFRA or English Nature etc. Why could things not have been sorted out last year, when alternative nesting arrangements could have been implemented? Saker-Clive

5:28pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Christophe Hawtree says...

What is it with Environment Councillor Geoffrey Theobald and wildlife? He was recently behind a scheme for gassing on the Downs. This falcons site is meant to be a protected one.

Lo and behold, the seurity phrase here is: shot hurt
What is it with Environment Councillor Geoffrey Theobald and wildlife? He was recently behind a scheme for gassing on the Downs. This falcons site is meant to be a protected one. Lo and behold, the seurity phrase here is: shot hurt Christophe Hawtree

5:29pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Saker-Clive says...

Being Schedule 1 birds on the Wildlife & Countryside act, they have additional protection and the links below show and explain how to..................
. with Schedule 1 classifications.

http://www.naturalen
gland.org.uk/Images/
waca1981schedule1_tc
m6-4606.pdf

http://www.naturalen
gland.org.uk/ourwork
/regulation/wildlife
/species/speciallypr
otectedbirds.aspx
Being Schedule 1 birds on the Wildlife & Countryside act, they have additional protection and the links below show and explain how to.................. . with Schedule 1 classifications. http://www.naturalen gland.org.uk/Images/ waca1981schedule1_tc m6-4606.pdf http://www.naturalen gland.org.uk/ourwork /regulation/wildlife /species/speciallypr otectedbirds.aspx Saker-Clive

5:46pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Gaz the great says...

Leave them where they are & sod the building, it's an eyesore anyway.
Leave them where they are & sod the building, it's an eyesore anyway. Gaz the great

5:49pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Saker-Clive says...

here is basically the Law copy and pasted as the links don't work without copying them...............

Quote:
PEREGRINES AND THE LAW
Peregrines and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside
Act 1981.
The following are criminal offences:-
• Killing, injuring or taking any wild bird
• Taking, damaging or destroying the nest of any wild bird whilst that
nest is in use or being built
• Taking or destroying the egg of any wild bird
• Possessing any live or dead wild bird, or any part, or anything derived
from such a bird
• Possessing an egg of a wild bird or any part of such an egg
There are few exceptions to the above, and a general licence that does not
need to be applied for covers such exceptions. For example, the killing of wild
birds to preserve air safety or prevent damage to crops. Species covered by
these licences tend to be common birds that are sometimes considered as
pests.
The following are criminal offences in relation to “Schedule 1” birds:-
• Disturbing any Schedule 1 wild bird whilst it is building a nest or is in,
on or near a nest containing eggs or young
• Disturbing dependent young of such a bird
Schedule 1 - Birds which are protected by Special Penalties.
• Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)
Workers and others that need to access areas in proximity to peregrine nest
sites need to consider the effect of their activities. The level of protection
afforded to peregrines extends to the adult birds near a nest containing eggs
or young. There is no definition of “near” in the legislation. The adults will
perch some distance from the nest, but in a position where they can see the
nest and respond immediately to any perceived threat.
It is important that plans are put in place at sites known to be favoured by
peregrines for nesting. Routine maintenance should be carried out before the
likely nesting period of March to August. If for some unforeseen emergency
access becomes a necessity it is important that Natural England is contacted
before any work is carried out.
Any person disturbing a peregrines nest will quickly become aware of what
they have done. Peregrines are noisy aggressive birds when threatened and
will attack humans near the nest site.
Once it is apparent that a nest site or adult bird has been disturbed, the cause
of the disturbance must cease immediately.
here is basically the Law copy and pasted as the links don't work without copying them............... Quote: PEREGRINES AND THE LAW Peregrines and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The following are criminal offences:- • Killing, injuring or taking any wild bird • Taking, damaging or destroying the nest of any wild bird whilst that nest is in use or being built • Taking or destroying the egg of any wild bird • Possessing any live or dead wild bird, or any part, or anything derived from such a bird • Possessing an egg of a wild bird or any part of such an egg There are few exceptions to the above, and a general licence that does not need to be applied for covers such exceptions. For example, the killing of wild birds to preserve air safety or prevent damage to crops. Species covered by these licences tend to be common birds that are sometimes considered as pests. The following are criminal offences in relation to “Schedule 1” birds:- • Disturbing any Schedule 1 wild bird whilst it is building a nest or is in, on or near a nest containing eggs or young • Disturbing dependent young of such a bird Schedule 1 - Birds which are protected by Special Penalties. • Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) Workers and others that need to access areas in proximity to peregrine nest sites need to consider the effect of their activities. The level of protection afforded to peregrines extends to the adult birds near a nest containing eggs or young. There is no definition of “near” in the legislation. The adults will perch some distance from the nest, but in a position where they can see the nest and respond immediately to any perceived threat. It is important that plans are put in place at sites known to be favoured by peregrines for nesting. Routine maintenance should be carried out before the likely nesting period of March to August. If for some unforeseen emergency access becomes a necessity it is important that Natural England is contacted before any work is carried out. Any person disturbing a peregrines nest will quickly become aware of what they have done. Peregrines are noisy aggressive birds when threatened and will attack humans near the nest site. Once it is apparent that a nest site or adult bird has been disturbed, the cause of the disturbance must cease immediately. Saker-Clive

7:57pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Metro Reader says...

Another sensational 'reporting' item from the Argos (sic). Depending on what and when the works are undertaken, then the box will have to be moved.

If nesting birds were near when work is undertaken they would leave the young anyway.

Argos really should do more research before sending in the copy.
Another sensational 'reporting' item from the Argos (sic). Depending on what and when the works are undertaken, then the box will have to be moved. If nesting birds were near when work is undertaken they would leave the young anyway. Argos really should do more research before sending in the copy. Metro Reader

8:03pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Jo-scuba says...

For those who care and think that the peregrin falcons nesting box should be left where it is, you can sign a petition here:
http://www.petitions
pot.com/petitions/Pe
regrineFalcons/

Please pass this on.
For those who care and think that the peregrin falcons nesting box should be left where it is, you can sign a petition here: http://www.petitions pot.com/petitions/Pe regrineFalcons/ Please pass this on. Jo-scuba

8:21pm Wed 20 Jan 10

strange fish says...

The peregrines nesting box on the chimney of shoreham power station was removed last time I was down there a couple of months ago(ish).
Has it been replaced yet?
They are great fun to watch when feeding their offspring and teaching them to fly.
The peregrines nesting box on the chimney of shoreham power station was removed last time I was down there a couple of months ago(ish). Has it been replaced yet? They are great fun to watch when feeding their offspring and teaching them to fly. strange fish

9:21am Thu 21 Jan 10

tombraider59 says...

I didn't know they were at Shoreham, thanks for the info. I'll have to go down there and have a look (if they're still there obviously!).
I didn't know they were at Shoreham, thanks for the info. I'll have to go down there and have a look (if they're still there obviously!). tombraider59

1:58pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Granny says...

Is this legal?
Is this legal? Granny

3:12pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Blighty says...

See the latest news at sussexheights.org/wp
See the latest news at sussexheights.org/wp Blighty

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