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  • Blog Post: Egg-cellent news from around the UK

    Looks like the stars of our Dates with Nature are busy settling into family life with a wave of eggs being laid over the last couple of weeks. The Manchester peregrines are still sat on one egg, whilst the pair over in Chichester are now sitting on two - one laid on 9 April and one on Sunday. Up...
  • Blog Post: Baby round up

    As the communities have been down most of the week, we thought this would be a great chance to catch you up on our latest baby news: Glaslyn ospreys Following on from our record breaking first chick, Glaslyn ospreys now have three little bundles of joy. To find out more check out the Glaslyn osprey...
  • Blog Post: Stepping out with mother

    If you managed to catch the hatching goldeneyes on the webcam yesterday (and even if you didn't), you're sure to enjoy the photos of Gloria's eight ducklings taking their visit trip into the world over on the Loch Garten osprey diary . Warning: they're excessively cute!
  • Blog Post: Two for the price of one

    Our Lake District ospreys have taken the plunge and fledged, and both on the same day! Head over to the Lake District Osprey Project blog to find out more.
  • Blog Post: New tricks

    It sounds like the Glaslyn osprey chicks are putting their wings to good use and learning some new tricks this week. To find out check out the latest post on the Glaslyn osprey diary .
  • Blog Post: Going, going...gone!

    May I take you back to my blog on the 5 th May – “ If my arithmetic hasn’t failed me for the first time in my life, I conclude that our young Peregrines will then fly 39 days later close to the 24 th June .” Well, I was a day out. The first of our young Peregrines fledged yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Keeping us guessing

    How many chicks are there in the Cardiff peregrine nest? That's anyone's guess at the moment! There's definitely one strong healthy chick that's been spotted strutting his stuff in the nest, but we still can't see if there's any more chicks hiding out of sight!
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Peregrine Pursuit at Symonds Yat

    Well, they had us fooled. Due to a limited amount of hunting witnessed and very little food seen going into the nest, all of us observing on top of Symonds Yat rock were under the distinct impression that we had one, maybe two, young Peregrines in the nest. Oh ye of little faith. We were wrong. Last...
  • Blog Post: All according to plan

    Everything seems to be going according to plan up at Aberfoyle . The three osprey chicks are now three weeks old and are looking good. The male is doing a fine job bringing in fish every day, mostly rainbow trout, and the female has had her talons full this week, chasing off an intruder who's been...
  • Blog Post: Bumper brood

    Our Wrexham peregrines have certainly been busy over the last few weeks. John Lawton-Roberts, a local ornithologist who helps us monitor the nest, got quite a shock when he checked the nest last week. Instead of the usual two to four eggs, he found the pair had laid five! He was really surprised as this...
  • Blog Post: Lincoln peregrines larking about

    We love a good character here on the Date with Nature blog and one of the youngsters at the Lincoln peregrines appears to be quite the cheeky monkey. Our woman on the ground, Kerry Davis, tells us more: "We had quite an eventful few days here at the Lincoln peregrines last weekend. The first...
  • Blog Post: We're ready for our close up!

    Here's some of the first shots of the new goshawk chicks in Cwncarn Forest that were born over the weekend. The pictures were taken on Sunday when only two of the eggs had hatched, but since then a third chick has arrived safe and sound so even more hungry mouths for mum and dad to feed!
  • Blog Post: They grow up so fast!

    With all three Glaslyn osprey chicks taking to the skies last week, it looks like the chicks up at Loch Garten won't be too far behind. There's been plenty to suggest that it won't be long now and you can read all about it over on the Loch Garten ospreys blog .
  • Blog Post: Peregrine chicks just keep on coming

    Peregrine chicks are popping up all over the place at the moment. The latest new arrival has hatched out at Cheddar Gorge . There's still one more egg in the nest and mum is dutifully keeping it warm until chick number 2 arrives. It wasn't just the public who wanted a peek at the new arrival...
  • Blog Post: Crash, bang, wallop

    Amidst thunder storms and torrential rain, the first goshawk chick at Cwmcarn Forest hatched just after 4.30pm on Saturday. We'll keep you posted on when the other eggs hatch... The goshawks in the New Forest are also proud parents to some white balls of fluff! You can see how that family are...
  • Blog Post: What's the hurry?

    One of this year's osprey chicks from Loch Garten has made some impressive progress and had made it to West Africa already, just two weeks after leaving Scotland! Is it Alba or is it Caledonia? To find out check out the latest post on the Loch Garten osprey diary .
  • 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 carried away

    Guest blogger: Laura Reynolds, South Wales Date with Nature superstar The female peregrine chick in Cardiff was taken by surprise the other day. With her juvenile feathers coming through nicely, she was having a good practice at flapping her wings when she was taken by surprise by a great gust of...
  • Blog Post: And the rain came down

    Guest blogger - Claire Powell, Information Officer, Edinburgh sparrowhawks It's been a busy week here in Edinburgh. Saturday's horrendous weather didn't stop a few people venturing out and we ran our Sparrowhawk Family weekend including our name the chick competition. Unfortunately due...
  • Blog Post: Friday 13th

    Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but it didn't stop the team up at the Aberfoyle ospreys from attempting to ring the two osprey chicks. (There were originally three chicks, but unfortunately the youngest succembed to the bad weather.) The only bad luck they had was the heavens opening as they...
  • Blog Post: Loch Garten fledge alert

    Looks like the first of the Loch Garten osprey chicks has taken the plunge and fledged. Find out more on the Loch Garten osprey diary blog .
  • Blog Post: Number 2 for Loch Garten

    There's now two chicks at Loch Garten! Check out the Loch Garten osprey diary to find out more.
  • Blog Post: Allow us to introduce you to...

    It's been all go up at Loch Garten over the last few days. The osprey chicks were ringed, tagged and named late last week. To find out what the newest additions are called head on over to the Loch Garten blog . There's also been an update on Rothes, who is an osprey on a mission at the mo...
  • 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 –...