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  • Blog Post: Live from the nest

    Today is a good day. Why? Because you can now see what the Chichester peregrines are up to - live and direct from their nest on top of the Cathedral. Go on, you know you want to...
  • Blog Post: Symonds Yat - Love Is in the Air

    In the words of 70s disco don John Paul Young, love is in the air at Symonds Yat mid-spring and not just with the Peregrines. The current breeding roll-call includes not only our peregrinatory stars, but also Canada Goose, Nuthatch, Kingfisher and Mallard. More on the supporting cast later. Our Peregrine...
  • Blog Post: Bath birds set record

    The peregrines nesting on St John's Church in Bath have certainly been busy this year as they officially take the British record for the earliest breeding peregrines in the UK in 2011. By 18 March they’d laid four eggs, beating all other peregrines by a fortnight! And from next Monday...
  • Blog Post: The name's Striata, Muscicapa striata...

    As our Peregrines enter their final week of incubation at Symonds Yat we have little more to report of their behaviour. They have been particularly elusive the past week, with just a couple of sightings some days. Intruders continue to come and go. We had four Peregrines in the air the other day –...
  • Blog Post: Raptors around the Rock

    There really isn't a great deal to say about our Peregrines this week, as we've hardly seen anything of them! However, I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a bit more about the other raptors we see up at the Symonds Yat rock. Buzzards are seen every day and they are now the...
  • 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: And they're off!

    The Date with Nature season has well and truly kicked off. We had nearly 20 events opening over the weekend and they're off to a cracking start. The Lake District ospreys arrived just in time, with Mrs making an appearance on Saturday and a male, who looks like her mate from last year No-ring, rocking...
  • Blog Post: Milvus Milvus - such a fantastic bird, they named it twice...

    After the excitements of our hunting Peregrine pair last Saturday at the rock , my pulse had only just returned to normal on Monday, when a flying visit sent it rocketing skyward once again. Standing on the viewpoint at Monday lunchtime, something caught my eye circling high above the rock – a...
  • Blog Post: Confusion in Cardiff

    There's been some strange goings on over in Cardiff over the weekend. The team on the ground are in a rather tricky position at the moment. They can't see the peregrine nest with the camera so they're having to rely on the behaviour of the adult pair to work out if the chicks are starting...
  • 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: Chicks coming thick and fast at Chichester

    The Chichester peregrines team have had their hands full over the last couple of days. Chick number two hatched out yesterday and chick number three made an appearance this morning. After one of my colleagues came rushing down the office to let me know, I clicked onto the webcam and was lucky enough...
  • Blog Post: Mr P the Bath peregrine IV

    Hello. Good news. I've got two little chicky P's. P junior has finally started getting his own dinner and even sharing it with the family. Now there's the difference a week makes. He's making his old man proud. It's not often a peregrine like me gets a babysitter. Just goes...
  • Blog Post: And they're off

    World record holder Usain Bolt may have broken all records when he ran the 100m in 9.58 seconds. But, he's got nothing on the peregrine falcon . At their fastest, these aerial masters of the sky have been recorded flying at a breathtaking 100m a second. That's 10 times faster than the fastest...
  • Blog Post: Time to leave Clock Tower peregrines

    It's time for us to leave the stars of the Cardiff Peregrines Date with Nature event. Although our pair failed to raise any chicks this year, that didn't stop them entertaining the crowds at City Hall Lawn and National Museum Cardiff with their aerial chases and general awe-inspiring feats. ...
  • Blog Post: Mr P the Bath peregrine IX

    Hello Hello Its me Mr P. Who wants to see a picture of my 11 week old chicky P? Here we go then. She's taking after her mum and has already out grown me. She's been making a name for herself amongst the local gulls as I can't tell you how many times I've seen her being sent packing...
  • 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: Settling down to family life

    After causing all sorts of confusion last week, it looks like Cardiff's peregrines are finally settling into family life. Both parents are back at the nest (who knows where the male went or why the female was letting one of last year's chicks babysit) and the team finally got their first glimpse...
  • 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: One, two, three...Four?!

    Honestly, you go off for a fortnight’s holiday, in the belief that your Peregrines have three chicks and then you come back to four! Four?! How on earth did that happen? Well, many theories are circulating and I’m not going to go into them all. What we believe is the most likely cause, is...
  • Blog Post: The kittiwakes of Splash Point

    As the kittiwakes at Splash Point start to leave the cliff face that has been their home for the past few months, Kate Whitton, Date With Nature organiser at RSPB South East, gives us an update on their progress: 'Although we didn't manage to do a colony count this year, from what we could...
  • Blog Post: Mr P the Bath peregrine VII

    Hello again. Biggest news for all is me and the rest of the Peregrine family here at Bath are live on Springwatch tonight. Not just that, but we've been their feature for the week. I see the sunshine never lasted that long and we're back with the cold and rain. Speaking of rain I've...
  • Blog Post: Bye bye baby

    Guest blogger: Anja Bradley, our girl on the ground in Bath All the Bath peregrine chicks have flown the nest box! On Friday the Hawk & Owl Trust had to rescue an adventurous chick who had ended up out of the nest and somewhere he shouldn't be! He was popped back onto the ledge, but decided...
  • 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: Update from Malham peregrines

    Blogger: Carolyn Jarvis, People Engagement Manager for the North of England The female peregrine at Malham is still hidden behind lots of foliage, so chick numbers are going to be a surprise. They should be hatching in the next few days (all being well) and then it won’t be long until we can...
  • Blog Post: Bad news at Bath

    Sad news from Bath I'm afraid. Whilst three of the peregrine eggs in the nest hatched out successfully over the Easter weekend, unfortunately egg number 4 didn't. It's a real shame, but we're sure mum and dad will have their hands full feeding the three youngsters that are left. We'll...