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Luke Sutton

Luke Sutton


Raptor biologist and biogeographer with current research focused on how apex predators function in ecosystems, food web dynamics, and spatio-temporal patterns of raptor distributions. Recent work has focused on foraging behaviour, population ecology and dispersal of coastal peregrine falcons. Current research is focused on using species distribution modelling to predict distributions of the Hierofalcons (laggar, lanner & saker falcons), and the impact of climate change on raptor distributions. Currently working as a spatial ecology intern with The Peregrine Fund developing the new GRIN DataBank (Global Raptor Information Network)

The Peregrine Fund
 United Kingdom
Email: lsutton@peregrinefund.org

   Research Interests

Distributions and biogeography, population ecology, foraging behaviour and diet, movements and migration, behavioural ecology.

Species of Interest: 
  • Falco cherrug
  • Falco jugger
  • Falco subbuteo
  • Accipiter gentilis
  • Falco peregrinus
  • Falco deiroleucus
  • Barn Owl (Tyto alba)


Sutton, L.J. 2014. Large prey species taken by Peregrine Falcons breeding in Devon. British Birds. 107, 704-705.

Sutton, L.J. 2015. Population status of the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus on Lundy. Lundy Field Society Annual Report 2014. 64, 98-102.

Sutton, L.J. 2015. Prey spectrum and foraging behaviour of Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus in South Devon. Devon Birds. 68:2, 3-12.

Sutton, L.J. 2016. Status of the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus on Lundy: Breeding ecology and prey spectrum. Journal of the Lundy Field Society. 5, 75-88.

Sutton, L.J. 2016. Further evidence for Shag as prey of coastal Peregrine Falcons breeding in Devon. Peregrine. 104, 8.

Sutton, L.J. 2016. Low-light hunting by coastal Peregrine Falcons. British Birds. 109: 549-550.

Sutton, L.J., Burrell, R.A. & Loram, S. 2017. Spatio-temporal trends in the predation of large gulls in an insular breeding population of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus). Slovak Raptor Journal. 11: 103-109.

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