8th May 2012: Despite demolition work taking place in the area, a pair of peregrine falcons, the fastest birds in the world, decided that the top of an old clinker silo at a CEMEX UK plant in the Midlands was going to be ‘home’ for them and their future chicks.
In March, unaware of the peregrines’ presence, contractors decided to measure up the nearby stacker reclaimer for a new external staircase. The falcons protected their nearby home by dive bombing the contractors. The work ceased on the reclaimer and surrounding area to protect them and employees on the site are eagerly awaiting sitings of the chicks.
The majority of peregrine falcons stay within 100 km of their birthplace and for the last 4 or 5 years this CEMEX site has seen at least one pair of falcons nesting on the buildings. They require extensive open terrain for hunting and areas such as quarry faces and cliff ledges for nesting. Ledges on tall buildings and construction mean they are occasionally seen in cities.
Peregrine numbers declined during the 19th and 20th century due to persecution and today they are still under threat from illegal killing and nest disturbance. The banning of selected pesticides in 1982 has resulted in the slow recovery in the numbers with a widespread presence throughout the UK.
CEMEX UK, building materials supplier, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) are working in partnership to maintain, enhance and restore the biodiversity of the company’s land holdings. With practical advice on the appropriate management of the land in and around the quarry the partnership will help ensure the future of rare species such as Peregrine Falcons.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- For further information contact Elizabeth Young Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org t. 01932 583214. Pictures of Southam Quarry and peregrine falcons can be found on CEMEX’s Flickr page
- CEMEX UK and the RSPB have launched a biodiversity strategy for CEMEX’s operations in the UK to enrich nature. With the support of the RSPB CEMEX has committed to challenging targets covering its operations including the creation and maintenance of 1,000 hectares of priority habitats by 2020. This is equivalent to approximately 100 hectares per annum and represents a major investment in protecting and promoting nature and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
- CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the concrete-block paving, and concrete block sectors. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 360 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk", and www.CEMEX.com.