Sheffield bird lover launches urgent appeal to help find missing peregrine falcon

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A bird lover has launched an urgent appeal for people to help find his missing peregrine falcon.

Andrew Taylor, from Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, bought the young bird from Germany and brought her home to the UK two weeks ago.

The 51-year-old firefighter then took the bird out to Stanage Edge – but she flew off towards Sheffield.

He said: “She could be anywhere by now really – but it’s worth a shot.

“She could be sat on a telegraph pole or house roof anywhere from Hathersage to Hillsborough.

“I do have emotional ties with her so I’d like her back.

“She is a young juvenile bird and she is used to being around people and noise.

“She is used to a homely environment.

“She does have a radio transmitter but I’ve had no luck finding her.

A transmitter can generally track a bird within 15 miles but it isn’t working.”

The bird is brown and has leather strap and a bell on her ankle.

Mr Taylor has been getting up at 5am daily morning to search for her.

Her had not decided on a name for the female bird before she flew off but was thinking of Eva or Ava after her German heritage.

“I’ve had lots of people contact me with sightings after I put photos online which I really appreciate but none of them have been my bird.”

n Please contact Andrew Taylor on 0774 8806265.