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Title:  Dead Peregrine found in Dalkey Quarry
Date:  11/04/2016

Dead peregrine found in Dalkey Quarry


Just a few days after a pair of peregrine falcons was reported to be nesting in the Central Buttress area of Dalkey Quarry, the female bird has been found dead. This will almost certainly result in the failure of the eggs to hatch.


The National Parks & Wildlife Service is appealing to anybody who saw unusual activity in Dalkey Quarry, particularly below the signal tower, during the morning or around lunchtime on Saturday (9th April), to contact them.


The peregrine falcon, which is protected under European and national legislation, is the fastest creature on the planet, and can dive at speeds of up to 200mph to strike its prey. As peregrines prey on smaller birds such as duck or pigeon, they have at times been subject to persecution.
The cause of the bird’s death is being investigated by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS). While it is possible that the bird was poisoned, disturbance of wildlife by drones is also causing problems, especially during the breeding season.


If you have any information which could possibly assist this investigation, please contact the NPWS District Conservation Officer, Ciaran Foley on (076) 100 2625, 087 646 8438 or ciaran.foley@ahg.gov.ie.


Climbers who experience a reaction from peregrines or nesting birds are asked to withdraw promptly so as to allow the birds the space to breed successfully. Mountaineering Ireland also appeals to people to keep a close eye out for suspicious activity at other peregrine falcon nest sites throughout the country.

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