Peregrine falcons have regularly nested on property owned by Railtrack at Dutton Viaduct in Cheshire. However, nesting attempts have failed for 9 successive years. Human interference has been suspected on a number of occasions.
Overnight 1st to the 2nd May 2016 (please note this is 2016) the nest failed. On this occasion, the images of three men were captured on a trail camera that had been placed on land owned by Railtrack near to the nest. In the early hours of the morning of 2nd May 2016 the three men were pictured heading up towards the nest site. A short time later the same men triggered the camera as they headed back down the same route.
There is no public right of access and there seems no legitimate reason why these men should be at the location.
Cheshire Police and the National Wildlife Crime Unit would like to speak to the men shown in the images below in order to ascertain whether they have any information relating to the failure of the nest.
Peregrine falcons, their nests and eggs receive the highest level of protection and it is an offence to take, kill or injure the bird, take or possess their eggs or to disturb them whilst they are in or near a nest containing eggs or dependent young.
Anybody with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 136 of 4 May 2016. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.