The Ipswich Peregrines at the Waterfront Mill
On the highest building in Suffolk, the Mill on the Waterfront in Ipswich, 2016 has proved to be a great year so far for the the Mills peregrines. They have had 5 chicks this year and Steve Piotrowski, from the Suffolk Ornithologists Group, said: “Hopefully they will colonise other urban sites, which are becoming important habitats.” The Mill, in Ipswich, which is 233ft (71m) high, has a specially-built nesting box that is currently home to the five chicks waiting to fledge. It was built in 2009 but peregrines did not nest there until 2014. To read about the story in the Ipswich Star please Click Here. To see the BBC’s news story about it please Click Here
The Shropshire Peregrine Project
The Group was formally established in September 1997 with the first meeting of volunteer site wardens. Prior to that, groups of volunteers had worked with local village communities to provide round-the-clock protection at some of the most vulnerable nest sites in the County.
The aims of the Group are to monitor and record the breeding activities of peregrine falcons in Shropshire, submit breeding records and data to the British Trust for Ornithology, (Nest Record Scheme), the Shropshire County Bird Recorder, and to participate in national and local ornithological surveys, provide protection where possible with other agencies at vulnerable nest sites during the breeding season and report incidents of nest disturbance to the appropriate authority, liaise with other raptor protection and wildlife groups with similar aims.
publicise the vital role played by peregrine falcons and other birds of prey in the UK’s natural heritage.
Visit their webite by clicking: www.shropshireperegrines.co.uk
The Christchurch Peregrines in Cheltenham
Peregrines have been nesting at Christ Church in Cheltenham for 6 years now since 2010 and each year has had its own success story. It is a project that is overseen by the North Cotswold Ornithological Society (to visit the story on their website please Click Here) and through their observations over 2015 they have produced a full review of the years activities from hatching, nesting and through to fledging.
The review includes many video links through to YouTube videos taken from their cameras and also lots of pictures of the activity from the year including the remains of Teal and amazingly Kingfishers. To read the 2015 review in a PDF format then please just Click Here
Winchester Cathedral Peregrines
Peregrines have been nesting in one of Winchester Cathedral’s turrets for around eleven years and produced 4 chicks this breeding season (2012). They have already reared 38 chicks together at the Cathedral and have entertained onlookers with raising, feeding and defending their young.
RSPB staff and volunteers are on hand at the Cathedral to help visitors use the binoculars and telescopes available to get a close up view of the birds flying and perching on the high pinnacles and turrets of the Cathedral.
You can read updates and see images on the project’s Facebook page: Click Here
The Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project
Since 2006 the project has helped a pair of peregrine falcons to nest and raise chicks high up on the ancient stone tower of Derby Cathedral. The project team fixed a large wooden platform half-way up the 480 year old tower after discovering the birds had arrived and were trying to make their home there.
The platform now offers them the only ledge on the building big enough for them to lay their eggs and to raise their young.
This Peregrine Project is run by a partnership. Visit their web site: Click Here
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Peregrine Falcons at Lincoln Cathedral
An RSPB Date with Nature project earlier this year ran from 20 April to 29 July 2012 where volunteers were trained to help show members of the public the drama of the famous peregrine falcons at the cathedral.
They will be the stars of the show at the cathedral which is hosting the RSPB Date With Nature project.
The participants were able to observe the parent bird raising healthy chicks and watch the birds while they house hunt for a good nest site on the cathedral building.
One of the peregrine falcons at Lincoln Cathedral.
Nikki Thurston from the RSPB said: “There is nothing better than seeing people’s faces light up when they see a peregrine swooping overhead.”
For a round up of Lincoln Cathedral Peregrine stories visit the This is Lincolnshire web site: Click Here
London Peregrines web site is run by David Morrison. Since 2000 – when Peregrines started to enter London – he has been monitoring them and assisting in their colonisation.
The main aim of his website is to give developers/building managers or organisations a point of contact if they encounter Peregrines on their buildings/structures.
He can offer advice and assistance and help with the integration of these high-profile birds of prey. In an urban environment, Peregrines cannot be left to their own devices due to the Schedule 1 laws of which they are listed. It is in this capacity as a consultant that he can help, so that all parties benefit.
For David’s web site click here: londonperegrines.com
The National Museum of Wales Clock Tower Peregrines
The adult Peregrines, named Gavin and Stacey by a local school, first nested on the clock tower in 2007, after chasing off a pair of Ravens and taking their nest.
Breeding success has been mixed over the years. They only managed to fledge one chick in 2011 and two in 2010. We’re hoping for a more successful season this year!
Nottingham Trent University Peregrines
Here is the link to the Nottingham University webcam