| Avon Gorge youngster gets a helping hand
One of this year's young peregrine falcons was picked up by the RSPCA on Saturday 14th June. It was taken to Westhatch rescue centre where it was checked over and given a clean bill of health.
Why did it end up on the ground? When they first leave the nest young peregrines are often not terribly accomplished at landing and sometimes land on the ground. From here they find it difficult to take off again.
On Thursday it was bought back to the Gorge. Ed Drewitt from the Bristol Ornithological Club measured the bird (it was a male) and put a ring on its leg. The ring is unique to this bird so if it's picked up again later we'll be able to learn where it went and how long it lives for.