Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Nottingham City Peregrines

The Nottingham Peregrines have been nesting on the Newton Building for the last ten years and become almost celebrities receiving over 800,000 hits a year.

Around this time of year the chicks need to be ringed to help I.D them when older and track movements.

This year four chicks were ringed with the biggest being female normally and the smallest normally being male.

Peregrine numbers crashed in the 1960s due to the impact of pesticides. They have now increased slightly in numbers, to about 1,400 breeding pairs in the UK but their recovery in some areas is still held back by illegal persecution. They carry one of highest standards of legal protection and if peregrines are disturbed or harmed, perpetrators can face fines up to £5,000 and even imprisonment. Today, peregrine populations in Britain are slowly recovering thanks to their protected status and the banning of dangerous pesticides.  

When peregrines started to use this ledge as a nesting site, a few years ago, Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust decided that for security reasons, a camera should be installed. This would hopefully prevent egg thieves or harm from intruders. It was only a few years later that we were then able to also stream this video feed live online. - See more at: http://www.peregrinecam.co.uk/

Even got the chance to hold one of the chicks!

Short video on the ringing of the chick

BBC Wildlife Local Patch Reporter
Jack Perks

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