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Status of the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus on Lundy: Breeding Ecology and Prey Spectrum
Sutton, L.J. (2016) Journal of the Lundy Field Society 5:75-88
Abstract
Dense island sub-population of Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus are common around the British Isles. Lundy offers a unique opportunity to study this specific area of Peregrine ecology. Manx Shearwaters Puffinus puffinus comprised a significant proportion of the prey spectrum; other important prey included: Herring Gulls Larus argentatus, Domestic Pigeons Columbia livia and Rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus. Preliminary data on breeding performance and nest cliff topography are presented. Further research is required to establish causality from the various limiting factors on the population; and inform how island populations of Peregrines are regulated in the United Kingdom.

Keywords: Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, Lundy, diet, breeding success

Journal of the Lundy Field Society 5


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