Rare UK wildlife is making a return

Rare species such as orcas and peregrine falcons are thriving during lockdown, reveals National Trust.

The National Trust has reported that species like raptors, otters and even orcas appear to be emboldened by the British lockdown. The Trust is asking people not to disturb wildlife, species they would usually not expect to encounter, when they eventually return to the countryside.

Recent reports have included peregrine falcons nesting in the ancient ruins of a castle in Dorset. David Brown, the National Trust’s ecologist at Corfe Castle, said: “This is the first time peregrines have nested here since the 1980s. With the site the quietest it has ever been, the great curtain walls are an ideal spot for these birds, which look for isolated and inaccessible places to build a nest. Amongst all the uncertainty, it has been heartening to see nature colonising the landscape in our absence.”

Other rare species have also been recorded across the country. Among them were two male orcas which were spotted in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

Ben McCarthy, the head of nature conservation at the National Trust, said to The Guardian: “It has only been eight weeks but wildlife seems to be enjoying the breathing space. With less traffic and fewer people, we’ve heard deafening levels of birdsong and seen famous monuments and formal gardens colonised by wildlife.”

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