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  • Blog Post: Manchester peregrines are running late

    It's usually about now that the Manchester peregrines are getting ready to raise their chicks, but this year something's different. The first egg was only laid this week so things are happening much later than usual. We're not 100% sure why this has happened, but it could be down to a number...
  • Blog Post: I'm ready for my close up!

    The tawny owls at Aberfoyle weren't the only ones to be ringed this week, with our Manchester peregrines getting their turn on Wednesday. If you weren't lucky enough to catch it on the nestcam, then there's some photos below courtesy of Adrian Dancy.
  • Blog Post: News from the north

    It's all going on in the north of England at the moment. The first of the Lake District osprey chicks hatched on Friday and the second egg should be hatching any day now. Head over to the Lake District Osprey Project blog and the Facebook page for all the news as it happens. Then the exciting...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for the 2013 season

    With the start of the main 2013 Date with Nature season just around the corner, teams all around the country have started checking their equipment, scoping out the best locations and generally getting themselves ready for another year. The team in Manchester have been carrying out maintenance checks...
  • Blog Post: Now you see them, soon you won't

    This week is your last chance to see the Manchester peregrine chicks. Since they fledged back in June, they've been busy taking lessons from mum and dad on how to fend for themselves, but once they've learnt the necessary survival skills, they'll be off to make their own way in the world...
  • Blog Post: Out on a limb

    All four of our Manchester peregrine chicks have been busy exploring their home, climbing in and out of the nest box, wandering along the ledge and practising their wing flaps as their adult feathers start to appear. One of the chicks seems to have taken a liking to life on the edge and is determined...
  • Blog Post: We have lift-off

    After a busy day of wing flapping and running up and down the nest ledge, we're pleased to announce that over the weekend the Manchester peregrine chicks fledged. We even got a screen grab of the event for one of the chicks: If this news makes you feel annoyed with yourself for not having...
  • Blog Post: Catch them while you can

    With peregrine chicks fledging left, right and centre, we're keeping a keen eye on the Manchester chicks to see when they decide to take the plunge. There's been some encouraging signs over the last few days with plenty of wing flapping and 'test flights' along their ledge which makes...
  • Blog Post: And then there were.....

    Up until yesterday, this was pretty much the only view we'd had of the Manchester peregrine nest: Was she sitting on eggs, and if so how many? Well, a little past lunchtime yesterday, our female went off to (we guess) get something to eat, and look what she left behind! Yes - four...
  • Blog Post: Lights, camera, action!

    There's two new ways to keep track of what's happening with our Manchester peregrines . You can now keep up with all the news from the nest by watching the live web cam on the Manchester peregrines pages and you can follow all the action on Twitter . Look out for @mcrperegrines.
  • Blog Post: Manchester Peregrines say goodbye!

    This week is the final week of the Manchester Peregrine Date with Nature in Exchange Square. The experienced pair of peregrines, nesting for seven years now in the city centre, successfully fledged another 4 young this year in what has to have been some of the worst weather conditions seen. The four...
  • Blog Post: Manhandled Manchester chicks!

    The Manchester peregrine chicks were ringed yesterday, and BBC Manchester was there to catch all the action as an expert from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) abseiled from the top of the CIS tower to ring, and collect DNA samples, from the two chicks. Watch the BBC video , and find out why...
  • Blog Post: Manchester peregrine chicks being ringed tomorrow

    We've got a treat for you - an exclusive bit of behind the scenes stuff ! The Manchester peregrine chicks are being ringed tomorrow and for the first time ever we're able to leave the nest cams on whilst it's being done. Tune in at around noon tomorrow (Wednesday 22 May) to see how the team...
  • Blog Post: Egg-sellent news

    The breeding season seems to be in full swing. The Manchester peregrines laid their first egg a couple of weeks ago. After raising four chicks last year, fingers crossed there'll be some more good news about eggs from Manchester over the next couple of weeks. And it's not just the peregrines...
  • Blog Post: New arrivals in Manchester

    Guest blogger: Jo Keene, our Manchester People Engagement Officer The first Manchester Peregrine chick picked the wettest day of the week to emerge from its cosy shelter. One of our long standing volunteers, who has been helping on the project since 2008, was watching the webcam yesterday morning...
  • Blog Post: Something cute for a weekend

    Here's our first family portrait of the Manchester peregrines . Looks like it's dinner time!
  • Blog Post: Manchester baby bonanza

    Looks like it wasn't just the Lincoln peregrines that were busy this weekend. There's been a baby boom for our Manchester peregrines too! The first chick hatched whilst the royal wedding celebrations were winding down late on Friday afternoon. When the team arrived back to the site on Saturday...
  • Blog Post: Plenty of peregrines

    It's been a busy old week on the peregrine front. The Chichester Cathedral peregrines got off to a great start on Wednesday with two baby wood pigeons making a surprise appearance after toppling out of their nest (both were fine in the end) and then another male came in to try his luck yesterday...
  • Blog Post: More eggs in Manchester

    It looks like our Manchester peregrines are on top form again this year as we've just heard that the pair are now incubating four eggs. We're not entirely sure when the last three were laid, but we think the last one arrived a couple of weeks ago so we're expecting the pitter patter of tiny...
  • Blog Post: Urban jungle

    Our Dates with Nature are perfect for anyone who's up for a walk on the wildside, but over the next week some of them are going to get even wilder. As well as peregrines , ospreys , sparrowhawks and choughs next week will see tigers, oragutans, sun bears and hornbills throw into the mix! Ok, so...
  • Blog Post: Back in the north west

    The Manchester peregrines are back! For the seventh season, peregrines have chosen to nest and raise their young high above the city centre and we'll be there every step of the way. The event kicks off tomorrow and our friendly experts will be on hand in Exchange Square every weekend from 11 am to...
  • Blog Post: Intruder alert at Manchester peregrines

    The Manchester Peregrine viewpoint only opened last weekend, but there's already been plenty to see! Laurence Browning, our 'man on the ground' tells us more: It's only day two on the Manchester Peregrines Date with Nature project, but what a fantastic day it's been! Brilliant...
  • Blog Post: Chicks a-plenty!

    There's been a bit of a baby boom for our Dates with Nature this week. The three Manchester peregrine chicks were the first to arrive, with the first two chicks making their appearance on 4 May and the third on 6 May. We can't confirm whether the fourth egg has hatched or not, and many people...