Trust’s 2016 Peregrine Watch set to get underway

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Staffordshire’s leading nature conservation charity is appealing for nature lovers to become part of their 2016 Peregrine Watch scheme.

As part of ‘Peregrine Watch’, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is inviting local people to join their wardens to look out for the bird on the Roaches this spring.

As well as recording sightings, volunteers act as a point of contact with visitors at the nature reserve near Leek and pass on information on how to best not disturb them.

This year’s Peregrine Watch begins on Friday 18th March and both of last year’s breeding pair have already been spotted during the past few weeks.

Last year’s Peregrine Watch was a huge success, and thanks to the work of the volunteers, over 5000 people visited to see the rare bird of prey. Three chicks also fledged, making a total of 15 chicks fledged since 2007.

Jon Rowe, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Roaches Warden, said:

“We are very lucky to have a breeding pair of peregrines at the Roaches. We are looking for volunteers to help us minimise disturbance to the birds and ensure they have the best chance of breeding.
Volunteers can commit whatever time they can to the watch rota, and no expert knowledge is required. They will be allocated to a watch area and equipped with telescopes and the necessary information.”

Designated a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the Roaches, Part of the Peak District National Park, consists of important habitats including blanket bog and upland moorland and is also home to many other specialist breeding and wintering birds such as curlew, red grouse and tree pipit.  On May 1 2013, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust began its 125-year lease of the Roaches, a magnificent 975 acre landscape on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

For more information on getting involved with Peregrine Watch, email Jon Rowe

j.rowe@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 07891 918446.