Protect Peregrines in Dalkey Quarry - Be Vigilant
System Date: 18/06/2014
Following the horrific discovery last week of a sinister and targeted attempt to poison the breeding pair and all four chicks, Mountaineering Ireland, BirdWatch Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Parks Department of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are all calling on the public who use the park to remain vigilant and to report any similar incidents.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has advised Mountaineering Ireland that at this stage of the chicks' development their mother will place food on various ledges in the quarry to encourage / practice flight. The advice of NPWS is for climbers to continue to use common sense when climbing in Dalkey Quarry, to give the Peregrines space and to retreat should the birds react to your presence.
We would also ask people to keep a close eye out for suspicious activity at other Peregrine Falcon nest sites throughout the country.
People should take great care to keep children and pets away from pigeons or other birds that they suspect may have been laced with poison, as these poisons are extremely dangerous to wildlife, domestic animals and people.
Anyone coming across a suspect bird should call Maurice Eakin of the National Parks and Wildlife Service on 086 8059240, while still at the scene. They should not touch or remove the bird unless told to do so. A Wildlife Ranger will attend to the bird. If possible, they should remain in the area until a Ranger is present to deter the Peregrine Falcons from coming to eat the poisoned prey; if this isn’t possible, callers are asked to please convey this in their initial phone call so that appropriate action can be decided on.