Rome, 1999. A phone rings in a room in the Acea building.
“Hello, my name is Giacomo Dell'Omo, president of Ornis Italica, an association of volunteers and researchers who have been involved in birds conservation for years. I wanted to propose an initiative: placing nest boxes on top of high voltage pylons."
That is how the cooperation between Acea and the Ornis Italica Association began, with the goal of protecting and safeguarding the peregrine falcon and other wild birds.
The initial project focused on the nesting of the Kestrel, a small falcon found in the countryside and in our towns where it has had considerable success, judging by the rapid increase in the population nesting in Rome and the surrounding area.
A few years later, Acea hit on an idea for an even more challenging objective for environmental protection: to encourage the Peregrine Falcon to nest.
The project wanted to exploit the above ground, water storage tanks scattered throughout Rome, to position some nesting boxes. Peregrine Falcons prefer high, inaccessible places with a clear view of the horizon; therefore, it was likely that these water tanks, rising 90 meters above the level of the surrounding countryside, would be the perfect place for the Peregrine Falcon to nest.