Name: Peregrine Falcon
Scientific name: Falco peregrinus
Nature Stars: 80
About: The Peregrine suffered from persecution and pesticide poisoning in the early 20th century, and until recently was only found in the north and west of the country. Over the last couple of decades they have been doing very well, and in recent years they hav
How to identify: The Peregrine is our biggest falcon. Dark slaty grey above and barred black on white below, with white throat and cheeks and the strong black moustache and mask.
Where: Nests in the highlands of north and south west England, Wales and Scotland, on coastal cliffs and increasingly on buildings and in quarries throughout the country.
Fantastic fact: Peregrines are amongst the fastest animals on the planet, reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour when 'stooping', diving down on its prey from a great height.
Photograph credit: Neil Aldridge