Jon Franklin ~ Director of Sussex Peregrine Study
Jon has been researching the Sussex Peregrine Population for 25 years and has studied Peregrines and Gyralcons throughout the UK and overseas (France, Iceland, Scandinavia) . He also has many years of practice as a raptor rehabilitator and is a licenced ringer for birds of prey. He has worked with global and regional conservation organisations, local authorities, Sussex police and is regularly consulted regarding the prevention of disturbance, population evaluation and mitigation.
Dr Mike Nicholls (PhD, MSc, MIBiol, FHEA)
Now retired after teaching in the UK university sector for 40 years, Mike has had a life long passion for birds of prey. As well as being a practicing falconer for most of his adult life, raptors have made a contribution to his life as an academic biologist, a published environmental educator and consultant. Mike’s academic interests include evolution, taxonomy and genetics of birds of prey. He has also run education workshops specialising in birds of prey, their welfare in captivity and environmental education in UK and overseas (Canada, USA, Portugal,Greece, South Africa, and Sweden). Mike still maintains his university connections as a Visiting Researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent and he is also a co-opted member of the UK Hawk Board Education Committee. His particular interest in Sussex peregrines is in the origins of the new contemporary population following their post-pesticide extinction.