Guest blogger: Claire Powell, Sparrowhawk Date with Nature Project Information Officer

It’s back and better than ever – well that’s the hope anyway because if this rain doesn’t lift it’ll be a bit of a soggy start to our Edinburgh sparrowhawks project this year. We officially launch this Saturday (12th May) and once again the plan is to have our cameras following the breeding season of a pair of breeding sparrowhawks at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh with help from the Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Last year we saw our first nest destroyed after a crow predation less than 24 hours after the cameras started rolling while our second nest was named the most productive in the capital with six healthy and happy chicks joining Scotland’s sparrowhawk population.

So what will 2012 have in store? The good news is that a pair of birds have been showing signs of nesting with one bird sitting on the nest – fingers crossed we may already have some eggs.  Sadly it’s been too cold and wet to disturb the birds this week but all being well it should be ‘lights, camera, action’ next week.