Charities and Conservationists Join Forces for Peak District Birds
In Derbyshire’s Peak District national park, charities and conservation groups have joined together to create a scheme designed to boost the population of birds of prey on the moorlands of the protected area. The project aims to meet targets set for the populations of merlin, peregrine falcon and short-eared owl in the Dark Peak area.
Five organisations – The Moorland Association, National Trust, Natural England, Peak District Authority and RSPB – have provided funding for field workers to meet the targets by helping land managers and local birdwatching groups.
The targets say merlin should be increased to 32 breeding pairs and peregrine falcon to 15 pairs, by 2015.
Short-eared owls are being maintained at their current population of 25 breeding pairs.