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No phone signal? It mast be the nesting falcons…

Home tweet home: The phone mast PICTURES: SWNS

A PAIR of nesting peregrine falcons are causing havoc for mobile phone users after setting up home on a mast.

The birds of prey built their nest on the 50ft-high EE communications mast in Shirley, West Midlands, a few weeks ago. Since then increasing numbers of customers have complained to EE about poor reception.

One customer, Zara Smyth, tweeted: ‘I still can’t even make a phone call because of the zero signal in Shirley! Ridiculous.’

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Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is illegal to disturb nesting peregrines. Anyone who causes them to abandon their nest faces a £5,000 fine.

An EE spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately, birds nesting on our mast are preventing us from fixing the issue affecting service in the Shirley area. We are doing everything we can to ensure minimal disruption for customers and apologise for any inconvenience.’

There are some 1,500 pairs of peregrine falcons in Britain. They usually nest high on cliffs or rocky outcrops but are increasingly found in towns.