Appeal for volunteers to assist Peregrine Watch

AS part of ‘Peregrine Watch’, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is inviting local people to join their wardens to look out for the bird on The Roaches near Leek.

As well as recording sightings, volunteers act as a point of contact with visitors at the nature reserve near Leek and pass on information on how to best not disturb them.

This year’s Peregrine Watch began in mid-March and both of last year’s breeding pair have already been spotted during the past few weeks.

Last year’s Peregrine Watch was a huge success, and thanks to the work of the volunteers, over 5,000 people visited to see the rare bird of prey. Three chicks also fledged, making a total of 15 chicks fledged since 2007.

 

Jon Rowe, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Roaches Warden, said the Trust is are looking for volunteers to help them minimise disturbance to the birds and ensure they have the best chance of breeding.

Volunteers can commit whatever time they can to the watch rota, and no expert knowledge is required. They will be allocated to a watch area and equipped with telescopes and the necessary information.

Designated a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), The Roaches, part of the Peak District National Park, is also home to many other specialist breeding and wintering birds such as curlew, red grouse and tree pipit.

In May 2013, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust began its 125-year lease of The Roaches, a magnificent 975 acre moorland estate.

For more information on getting involved with Peregrine Watch, email Jon Rowe – [email protected] or call 07891 918446.