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Common Name Peregrine
Alternative Name(s) Peregrine Falcon
Scientific Name Falco peregrinus
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Related Species Falcons
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Look for Large fast flight often in free fall as it stoops for prey
Habitat Reference

Primarily a hunter of pigeons and jackdaws along the coastal cliffs of Dorset



Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

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Managed to get some surprisingly good shots of a Peregrine on the Purbeck cliffs in the early morning drizzle

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16/01/2017 - 10:30
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Peregrine, flying over Lytchett Bay
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08/02/2017 - 20:15
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The Stunning Peregrine Falcon I photographed on Portland at the Bill.
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19/04/2017 - 02:30
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Great day out on Portland yesterday with Bruv , Stunning Peregrine, Wheatear, Wood Warbler and Spotted Fly Catcher
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30/04/2017 - 15:30
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05/06/2017 - 18:30
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@DorsetBirdClub This Is P.K the Juvenile Peregrine Falcon in Bournemouth Kerb crawling.
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13/06/2017 - 10:15
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Another shot of this morning's Peregrine on the Purbeck cliffs #dorsetwt
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29/06/2017 - 13:15
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High over Loddy today,, a Peregrine catches a pigeon in level flight.
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30/06/2017 - 21:15
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RT @shodge_7: Some peregrine action from Portland this evening
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03/07/2017 - 21:30
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Grabbed a Peregrine flyby on Portland yesterday, looks like a young one.
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07/08/2017 - 07:10
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Also a Peregrine over #LytchettFields , different to last weeks juvenile bird
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10/08/2017 - 18:08
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A windy morning along the Purbeck coast but local Peregrines showing well #dorsetwt
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17/08/2017 - 10:10
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
15/01/2018 - 20:18 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

A pair of #peregrines have been watched at #christchurchharbour this week #dorsethour. Fantastic photo here from Ch…

14/01/2018 - 12:32 Jol Mitchell

Male Peregrine over Sunnyside this am @harbourbirds

13/01/2018 - 18:26 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

Love the expression on his face!

12/01/2018 - 00:12 David Faulkner

I spent an enjoyable 45 mins watching these two Peregrine at Stanpit Marsh (11 Jan 2018) @Matt_Pinner @Steve_Hogan_…

11/01/2018 - 18:46 Hamish Murray

A distant shot of the Durlston Peregrine early this morning

11/01/2018 - 16:15 Frank Gardener

Two Peregrines on Dorchester steeple this morning.

06/01/2018 - 09:44 Durlston Ranger

2 Peregrine Falcons and a ledge full of Guillemots, what a great start to the day - come up and have a look for yourself....

04/01/2018 - 22:16 Retweet

RT @southwestnature: Peregrine plucking a starling on the top of St Mary's Church tower in Wareham late afternoon and getting a hard time f…

04/01/2018 - 09:33 Ian Ballam

Decent numbers of Lapwing on #lytchettFields today , 200+ just flushed by a Peregrine @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

01/01/2018 - 16:29 Colin Lamond

Highlight goshawk, peregrine and brambling. eBird Checklist - Cranborne, Dorset County, England, GB - Mon Jan 01,…

01/01/2018 - 15:00 Mark Wright

@RSPBArne Peregrine Falcon, Middlebere Channel

31/12/2017 - 21:28 Ian Ballam

Peregrine and Marsh harrier around #LytchettFields today

31/12/2017 - 11:27 Ian Ballam

Peregrine now hassling the Avocet in bay and Marsh Harrier quartering #lytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

30/12/2017 - 16:47 RSPB Arne

Multiple Hen Harrier sightings today (at least 2 ringtail) plus 16 Spoonbill, 3 Firecrest, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine…

20/12/2017 - 19:23 Joe Stockwell

Today was awesome! Controlled burning after months of gorse cutting. Siskins Dartford Warbler and a Peregrine seen…

18/12/2017 - 21:19 Hamish Murray

Another Peregrine - this time over Lytchett Fields this morning - had earlier caught a Teal #dorsetwt

16/12/2017 - 10:12 Hamish Murray

A very photogenic Peregrine on the Purbeck cliffs this morning - no photo-cropping required! #dorsetwt

16/12/2017 - 09:36 Ian Ballam

Ringtail just caught a wader and landed on salt marsh at end of FP 12, also Peregrine hunting as well , Lytchett Ba…

13/12/2017 - 14:32 John Down

@DorsetBirdClub Single Hawfinch at West Knighton today by the Slurry pit. Also Green Sand, Peregrine, 2 Egyptian Ge…

09/12/2017 - 10:04 Retweet

RT @Snapping_Nature: Great sight and sounds of a Peregrine this afternoon between Wool and Coombe Keynes, also found remains of a Pigeon ne…

29/11/2017 - 16:25 Ian Ballam

With the Hen Harrier , Marsh Harrier and Peregrine around this morning the Middlebere Avocet spent a fair bit of ti…

11/11/2017 - 09:36 Durlston Ranger

Superb views of a Peregrine Falcon this morning as it chased and missed a Pigeon just in front of me, made going out in the rain worthwhile!

10/11/2017 - 18:32 Clare Slade

Lapwings spooked as peregrine falcon flew over @holtonlee @harbourbirds @RSPBbirders

07/11/2017 - 08:34 Ian Ballam

Merlin and Peregrine interacting, watched from Lytchett Bay View, also Marsh Harrier and Sprawk @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

04/11/2017 - 13:07 Ian Ballam

On the fishermens bench today a Peregrine feeding on a kill , Lytchett Bay @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

02/11/2017 - 19:20 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

A #Peregrine on #StanpitMarsh recently

29/10/2017 - 10:01 Kevin Butler

Spot sand showing well this morning scaup still here, no sign of cattle egrets but had a peregrine land in tree 10 feet away 👌🏽

29/10/2017 - 08:56 Tom Carley

Stour V LNR: Ring Ouzel on edge of horse paddock opp Kingfisher Barn beach. Also Firecrest & Peregrine…

28/10/2017 - 22:24 Mark Andrews

Peregrine, Redpoll, several Redwing and Crossbill also on #pwc2017 this am; controlled burning still smoking, this…

23/10/2017 - 16:58 Steve Groves

The 2 1st w Scaup just shot round Shipmoor with a Peregrine in pursuit. Only 1 came back! But then a few minutes later so did t'other! Phew!

20/10/2017 - 13:30 Jol Mitchell

Just watched 2 female Sprawks, male Peg and a Buzzard interacting over a fabulously blue @DurlstonCP Bay

17/10/2017 - 09:59 Ian Ballam

1 Curlew Sand, 4 Ruff, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine so far #lytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

15/10/2017 - 20:53 Peter Robertson

No hen harriers on this evening's @_BTO hen harrier winter roost survey @RspbArne but 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrines and a late Wheatear

15/10/2017 - 18:03 Hamish Murray

This male Peregrine (tiercel) posed beautifully on the Purbeck cliffs this morning #dorsetwt

12/10/2017 - 20:13 Birds Poole Harbour

Stilt Sandpiper in Middlebere again PM not seen since a Peg spooked the wader flock. Also a Golden Plover present @DorsetBirdClub

12/10/2017 - 12:36 James Gale

A beautiful morning at Lulworth. Grey wag.Peregrine, Small cop. 5 Portuguese MOW. Sooty Shearwater…

12/10/2017 - 08:57 Ian Ballam

3 Ruff @ #lytchettFields ,all other small waders moved on by Marsh Harrier followed by a Peregrine @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

07/10/2017 - 08:24 Ian Ballam

Only half light in Lytchett Bay, but already Peregrine and Marsh Harrier together causing havoc! @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

06/10/2017 - 10:33 Hamish Murray

The male Peregrine back on his favourite perch this morning

05/10/2017 - 06:45 Tony Furnell

RT @TonyFurnell: Peregrine at Holton Lee @BBCEarth

03/10/2017 - 16:20 Liz Woodford

Spoonbill and peregrine still taking over the tamarisk island on lagoon today #dwtbrown #wildbrownsea

03/10/2017 - 11:07 Barbara Bisset

11.00 🌞 peregrine spooked c200 & c700 blackwit on Middlebere Lake @RSPBArne @harbourbirds

01/10/2017 - 09:13 Steve Smith

@harbourbirds Stilt Sand still at Middlebere. Also Spotshank9 Gshank4 Knot4 Avocet378 Bwit490+. Osprey & Peregrine over. Hide packed

27/09/2017 - 12:35 Ian Ballam

1 Curlew Sand with Dunlin on FP prior to being flushed by a Peregrine #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

26/09/2017 - 11:22 Liz Woodford

5 spoonbill on lagoon and peregrine in usual place on tamarisk #dwtbrown @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

26/09/2017 - 11:07 Ian Ballam

1 Little Stint,1Curlew Sandpiper & Peregrine making a nuisance so far #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

24/09/2017 - 09:37 Paul Harris

Still 2 Grey Phal at Rodden Hive but distant. Peregrine chasing Merlin. Redstart and Spot Fly on edge of village. 2 Black Swan also.

23/09/2017 - 15:41 Peter Hadrill

RT @peterhadrill: @harbourbirds @RSPBArne 7 up raptor haul Arne Moors to Hartland today including 3 Marsh Hs, Peregrine, juv Hobby, Sparro…

19/09/2017 - 11:14 Dorset Wildlife Trust

Lagoon looking superb spoonbill, little stint, sanderling and peregrine to name a few #dwtbrown #wildbrownsea

19/09/2017 - 09:52 Barbara Bisset

09.40 osprey looking to fish along Middlebere & peregrine spooked 21 spoonbill, avocet & large flock of blackwit @RSPBArne @harbourbirds