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Old 13th May 2011
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Photographing peregrins

I have been fortunate enough to come across a Peregrin Falcons nest. Present are mum, dad and 3 chicks. I have reported it to the peregrin society who were already aware of the site and they are happy for photographs to be taken of the birds as long as they are not on the nest or just pictures of the nest.

Is a license not required for taking pictures near to a nesting site of these birds or is it just the nest that is not allowed to be pictured as explained by the guy I spoke to.

Just want to clarify.

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Re: Photographing peregrins

Yes Tim, you are correct. The Peregrine is a Schedule 1 bird (Wildlife and Countryside Act) and you should not photograph the bird at or near the nest site without a licence from English Nature (or Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland), which is very hard to get. It would also be illegal to photograph the nest (certainly in the breeding season) without a licence, or indeed doing anything to upset the birds in the vicinity of the nest. (Anyone who has been within a few hundred yards of a peregrine nest will know just how agitated the parents get).

"The law prohibits intentional
disturbance of any species included in Schedule 1 of the
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This applies while such
a bird is building a nest, or is in, on or near a nest
containing eggs or young. It is also illegal to intentionally
disturb dependent young of Schedule 1 birds."

Birds that are protected by special penalties and that may not
be photographed at or near a nest without a licence."

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