Trust’s Bath Peregrines on BBC Springwatch

Extracts from the Episodes Featuring the Unusual Family

Bath Peregrines
Photo © Hamish Smith

8 June 2012 | These two young peregrines, growing up on the Hawk and Owl Trust nesting platform on a Bath church, have been starring on BBC TV. The photo by Hamish Smith shows them trying out their wings in driving rain. However, previous year’s chicks have sometimes launched off before they can fly properly and ended up on the ground, unable to get back to their nest on the spire of St John’s Church without expert human assistance.

If anyone finds a hapless peregrine youngster, contact Mike Rogers of the Hawk and Owl Trust (tel: 01225 744290). He and the team are skilled and experienced in retrieving young birds and either putting them back into the box or releasing them on neighbouring rooftops.

Some of the footage from Springwatch is now available online at YouTube, © the BBC, and relevant extracts are below.

Monday 4 June 2012 (Peregrine footage starts after 5 minutes 50 seconds).

Tuesday 5 June 2012 (first 3 minutes)

Wednesday 6 June 2012 part 1 (from 6 minutes 31 seconds till the end; includes ringing and discussion of urban peregrine diet)

Wednesday 6 June 2012 part 2 (genetic analysis,from start to 2min 20 secs)

Wednesday 6 June 6 June 2012 (till 6 minutes 50 seconds;)

Thursday 7 June 2012 from 2 minutes 45 seconds to 6 minutes 40 seconds

Tuesday 12 June 2012 from 8 minutes 39 seconds in to 11 minutes 11 seconds

Thursday 14 June 2012 from 2 minutes 27 seconds to 4 minutes 25 seconds including Bath’s male juvenile, DR, filmed after ditching in the River Avon, using his wings to paddle to the riverside.

This year also saw the first successful hatchings on another Hawk and Owl Trust peregrine platform, on Norwich Cathedral spire. For live video from Norwich click here