BIRD-LOVERS were left “devastated” after one of the peregrine falcons setting up a nest in Belper’s East Mill was found dead.
The News reported at the end of March how a pair had begun constructing a home and had been regularly spotted around the building and the River Gardens over the past few weeks.
Staff at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who are based at East Mill, excitedly reported the sightings and were hoping the falcons would build a nest. The birds preferred nesting sites are tall buildings such as churches or cathedrals so the mill would have been the perfect spot.
However, the male bird was found dead in the water next to East Mill last Sunday following a bout of cold weather and high winds.
See next week’s Belper News for more on this story.