The team at FALCO Ecology has been monitoring Peregrines within Yorkshire and Cumbria since 2006. Approximately 20 nests are monitored each year as part of the British Trust for Ornithology ringing scheme.
Chicks are ringed with uniquely numbered metal rings and special rings which have pit-tags, the same as implanted into domestic animals. The reason behind monitoring and ringing is to provide information on survival rates and chick dispersal.
State of Peregrines in Rural Northwest England
Unlike the English urban Peregrine population which is dramatically increasing, the rural Peregrine population has undergone a significant fall within the past decade.
One of the reasons for the fall in population is the lack of natural food.