Peregrine falcons are a popular sight in towns and cities. Because their diet consists almost entirely of birds they help to keep the numbers of feral pigeons in check, making them the most natural and cheapest method of controlling the numbers of these birds.
Unfortunately, as a result of building renovation and the construction of new buildings with their relatively smooth facades and roofs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for peregrines to find suitably sheltered spaces. The creation and installation of artificial nesting aids has proved very useful in this respect.
These boxes have been developed as a result of experiments carried out over many years, and with the biological knowledge that has been gained about their breeding requirements.
The main features are:
- the provision of a spacious, protected and securely attached breeding space for these birds of prey
- a robust, long-lasting structure that requires little maintenance
The nest box concept:
The spacious interior offers the birds plenty of room in which to create a nesting site, and in particular the young have enough space to exercise and develop their flight muscles. The built-in "balcony" makes it easier for the birds to leave and return to the box. A perch is also included, and this is important because the young birds are prone to falling out of the nest site. Webcams can be installed inside the box for monitoring or observation purposes.
Method of installation / suitable sites:
E.g. in quarries or on high buildings such as towers, silos, high rise buildings, highway bridges (for example on or around the abutments).
Generally in heights above 25-30 m. North- or east-facing sites have proved to be most effective. The "balcony" with its perch should be placed so that there is a clear area directly below. The box can be attached directly to a building using screws (e.g. on flat roof sections) or, by means of a mounting rack and wall plugs, onto an outside wall.
Recommended litter/ bedding:
Place some gravel or other loose material in the box. Peregrines do not construct nests, instead the female scrapes a hollow in which to hatch the eggs. The breeding period starts any time between mid-March and the beginning of April.
- box with integrated drainage holes
- removable inspection flap
- Mounting Rack (zinc-plated steel)
&b;Dimensions / weight (empty nestbox):&o;
External dimensions: D 130 x W 80 x H 73 cm
Nesting chamber: D 72 x W 67 x H 54 cm
Weight: approx. 260 kg (empty box)
Special, high-strength, reinforced lightweight concrete. This ensures that the box is very long-lasting (decades) and can allows a proper and structurally correct manner of installation. The naturally grey, fairfaced concrete can be painted individually during installation to match the building, if required.
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