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The Princess and the Pirate

The successful return of Peregrines to the North Cornish coast

Nature and Science programme 1983 26 mins

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Secrets of the Coast episode seven The Princess and the Pirate is presented by broadcaster and naturalist Su Ingle and filmed on the North Cornish Coast. It documents the return of a flock of breeding Peregrine Falcons to Cornwall. The princess peregrine looks after the young eyasses high on the cliff ledge and a raven, the pirate of the piece, moves in next door. The raven lives on scrounged carrion chooses to nest beside the peregrine and her young.

A book ‘Secrets of the Coast’ by Su Ingle was published in 1983 with a foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles is interviewed on the Duchy of Cornwall and about the importance of the conservation of habitats using the example of the rare Heath Fritillary Butterfly.