Status: 1,000 pairs in U.K. 6,000-10,000 pairs Europe.
Habitat: Rocky crags,coastal & moors.
Reproduction: 3-4 eggs.March-April. 28-32 day incubation.
Diet: Chiefly medium sized birds.
Their average cruising speed is 50-60 mph but in the almighty ‘stoop’ they are the fastest.150mph is possible!
During both World Wars, a bounty was placed on Peregrines as the government were concerned they would kill all of the carrier pigeons with secret messages.
Peregrines still suffer from shooting, poisoning, trapping & egg theives. They are persecuted because of their taste for pigeon. This is all after they nearly died out from DDT pesticides. Even so, a rise in population has occurred. A true British falcon.
The peregrine is officially THE most widespread bird of prey in the world. Although rare in some parts, it covers more of the world than even the kestrel. The only place it does not live is Antarctica (south pole).
The peregrine suffered terrible losses through the 1950s and 1960s. Pesticides caused the shells of their eggs to become so thin that they were all breaking. Fortunately these pesticides (DDT) are now banned and the Peregrine is on the up!