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Hawk and Owl Trust Install a New Peregrine Nest Box on Wymondham Abbey

On Saturday 13th February, a volunteer team of intrepid explorers climbed to the top of the tower at Wymondham Abbey in Norfolk to install a brand new peregrine nest box on the roof.

For the past few years peregrine activity and remains of their meals have been found around the Abbeys grounds. So the team at the Hawk and Owl Trust were called in to help do what they do best, provide homes and habitats for wild birds of prey. Let’s hope it attracts one of the Norwich Cathedral chicks to make their own nest in the future. Follow the full story below in a wonderful selection of 12 numbered photos taken by Andy Thompson.

There have been peregrine falcons around the Abbey for the last couple of springs, and they’re back again this year.  The abbey sees regular signs of their hunting activities in the form of components of pigeons in the churchyard, and they can be seen flying around. So they have worked with the Hawk and Owl Trust to try and persuade them to nest. The new peregrine nesting platform is situated at the top of the west tower, and we look forward to a pair hopefully taking up residence soon.

The Hawk and Owl Trust will keep you posted with any new developments regarding this new nest box, via the Hawk and Owl Trust Facebook profile, Twitter page and YouTube Channel, as well as our website, so please do check back regularly for updates.  Enjoy the story and video of its construction below.    

 

1. Assembling the parts before the climb
1. Assembling the parts before the climb
2. The climb itself up the narrow winding spiral staircases
2. The climb itself up the narrow winding spiral staircases
3. Everyone helping here is a volunteer
3. Everyone helping here is a volunteer
4. Starting on the construction on the abbey roof top
4. Starting on the construction on the abbey roof top
5. The nest box coming along nicely
5. The nest box coming along nicely
6. Looking into to see the gravel in the nest box
6. Looking into to see the gravel in the nest box
6. Installing the roof and finishing touches. This nest box has a roof due to its full exposure to the elements on the roof of the abbey
7. Installing the roof and finishing touches. This nest box has a roof due to its full exposure to the elements on the roof of the abbey
8. Painting the nest box to protect it from the elements
8. Painting the nest box to protect it from the elements
9. The volunteering team on the day
9. The volunteering team on the day
10. Wymondham Abbey in all its glory
10. Wymondham Abbey in all its glory
11. A brand new nest box installed!
11. A brand new nest box installed!
12. A real peregrines birds eye view
12. A real peregrines birds eye view

Volunteering Opportunities Still Available for the 2016 Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point

If you would like to meet like minded people who love birds as much as you do then we are looking for people to come and help volunteer with us at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point for the 2016 season.   The watch point will be opening on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 and will run… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Watch Point Set to Open on Wednesday 23 March

For all those people out there who just love to watch our wonderful peregrines at Norwich Cathedral‬ in Norfolk, we would like to announce that our Watch Point, set up near the refectory in the Cathedral Close, will be opening to the public at 10.00am on Wednesday 23 March, just in time for the Easter Weekend!  It will be… Continue Reading

The Hawk and Owl Trust Kestrel Highways News Update

Kestrel Highways Project News Update An update as we approach the 2016 kestrel breeding season, provided by Barry Gray The box at Backwell has been replaced and the Congresbury one patched up. We wait to see what will happen with the nearby proposed housing development. There are ongoing discussions with the National Autistic Society at… Continue Reading

Great Success for the Hawk and Owl Trusts East Midlands Group

This news post update has been supplied by Simon Dudhill of the East Midlands Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust As reported on 7 November 2015, the Hawk & Owl Trust East Midlands Group successfully secured funding from the Cory Conservation Grant scheme to supply and erect barn owl boxes for farmers and landowners within… Continue Reading