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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Volunteers needed for National Peregrine Survey

Peregrine Falcon (location withheld), July 2015 (M.O'Clery).

Can you give a few hours of your time, on two to three dates this spring and summer? If so, do consider volunteering for the national survey of Peregrine Falcons. A well worthwhile project.

Recently fledged Peregrine Falcon (location withheld), July 2015 (M.O'Clery).

From the Irish Raptor Study Group (IRSG):

The IRSG are coordinating a National Peregrine Survey in 2017. The survey aims to determine the number of occupied breeding territories in Ireland. The last national survey took place in 2002. If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please read on. 

Peregrine Falcon, (location withheld), June 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Survey Methods

The breeding survey involves a minimum of two visits to known sites and where possible all suitable nesting habitat within each 5km square. These visits must take place between specific time windows 
(Visit 1: 18th March to 18th April; Visit 2: mid June to mid July) 
and will determine occupancy and breeding success. 

Full details of the survey methodology, maps, data collection sheets, etc., will be provided to all participants once survey squares have been allocated. 

Survey Squares

A list of priority 5km squares have been identified for the survey. Additional squares may be added to this map depending on resources available. The high priority 5km squares have been selected based on the following criteria:
- Occur within a Peregrine SPAs
- Contain a known Peregrine breeding sites (identified from previous studies)


If you are interested in getting involved, please reply to the organiser's email (Jen Lynch)  and provide the following:

1. Name

2. Location you are interested in surveying: (e.g. Dingle Peninsula)

I will contact you to suggest a survey square that you may be able to cover. I will also send on full information on the survey methodology, field sheets and maps. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best regards, 

Jen Lynch

Jen's email is

Peregrine Falcon feathers, from below a nest site, (location withheld), August 2014 (M.O'Clery).