Archive for May, 2010

The good and bad news

Friday, May 28th, 2010

A growing number of our towns and cities are home to breeding pairs of Peregrine Falcons, some of which have their own webcams, e.g. Derby, Brighton and of course London.

Elsewhere in the UK Peregrine Falcons still face illegal persecution, as these recent headlines demonstrate:

It’s not all doom and gloom though. I’ll leave you with an encouraging tweet from wildlife consultant and fellow Peregrine enthusiast Ed Drewitt.

2010: The season so far

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The streamlined silhouette of the Peregrine Falcon is an increasingly familiar sight above London. Britain’s largest falcon has fought its way back from the brink of extinction to a more sustainable population thanks in part to its ability to adapt to life in an urban environment.

Preparing the nesting tray
Preparing the nesting tray © Tony Duckett

Earlier this year we teamed up with RSPB London and BT to install a nesting tray and webcam at a site in Vauxhall for a pair who were unsuccessful in their attempt to breed there last year. The good news is that the addition of the tray and nesting material has helped the pair to incubate and hatch four eyasses (chicks).

Close-up of the nesting tray
The nesting tray installed and ready for use © Tony Duckett

Over the next few weeks we hope to see these young falcons develop and leave the nest. You can follow their progress on the webcam.

We are also glad to report that the pair who are the focus for visitors every summer at the Tate Modern during the RSPB’s London Peregrines at the Tate are also busy feeding young.

Webcam image
A still from the webcam © RSPB/BT

The news is not all good. So far we know of at least two pairs that have failed to breed, one of them in mysterious circumstances. These events only make us more determined to continue our efforts to ensure the breeding success of the Peregrine Falcon in London.

You can help by reporting any sightings you have of Peregrines, particularly during June and July when young birds leave the nest and are at their most vulnerable. Please see the contact page for more information.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @LdnPeregrines.

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