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Bath Peregrine Lives Up To Her Name

GA Just after fledging in Bath (photo by Hamish Smith)
GA Just after fledging in Bath (photo by Hamish Smith)

Peregrine falcons have been seen in Bath since around the year 2000, and in 2005 the conservation charity, Hawk and Owl Trust, were kindly given permission to install a nest box on St Johns Roman Catholic Church, Bath. Peregrines have been successfully breeding there since 2006, and in early April this year the pair produced 4 eggs which they have been busy incubating since. The falcon (female) has done about 80% of the incubation with the tiercel (male) taking over for short periods. The eggs are expected to start hatching around 1-3 May. The incubation and hatching can all be viewed via the Hawk and Owl Trust website at www.upp.hawkandowl.org/ links can also be found there to the Norwich Peregrine webcam there too.

But have you ever wondered what happens to the chicks once they fledge? All the chicks that hatch at the St Johns Church, Bath site. And the nest platform at the trusts sister site on Norwich Cathedral are ringed by BTO registered ringers. Often the chicks are driven from the area before the start of the following breeding season, and we rarely see them again as they disperse. So imagine our surprise when a female falcon ‘GA’ (BTO ring number) that hatched at Bath St Johns Church on 8 May 2013 was spotted last week above the nest platform on Norwich Cathedral. The name ‘Peregrine Falcon’ literally means ‘Wandering Falcon’ so GA has certainly lived up to her name by wandering the 178 miles, although it is unlikely she did it ‘as the crow flies!’.

Is love in the air at our St John’s Church Peregrine Nest Platform in Bath?

The following video clip highlights the shenanigans between the falcon and the tiercel at St John’s Church in Bath during a large number of visits to the nest box.  They’ve been indulging in courtship behaviour, but will this pair ever get it together this year or continue to fight over food?!Continue Reading

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as…Continue Reading

Peregrine Chicks Due to Hatch Soon at St John’s Church Bath

The peregrine pair using the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform at St John’s Church in Bath have been carefully brooding their eggs for the last few weeks. We are now getting to the time for the chicks to hatch and are predicting the first egg to hatch somewhere between 4 – 9 May. Here…Continue Reading

Visit our Stand At the Chew Valley Optics and Bird Fair – 11/12 April 2014

This event takes place on the lawns outside of the London Camera Exchange Lakeside Optics shop, next door to Chew Valley Lake tea shop, giving visitors the chance to view, get expert advice and buy, while testing out the equipment against this spectacular backdrop. There is also the opportunity to trade in old equipment in…Continue Reading

BBC Visit Bath Peregrine Project

BBC news programme ‘Points South West’ dropped by St John’s Church in Bath on Monday to speak to Hawk and Owl Trustee Mike Rogers and Peregrine Project team member Hamish Smith. The peregrine pair that have taken up residence in the nesting platform provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust have continued their successful run…Continue Reading

Two Chicks for Bath Peregrines

7th Successive Brood at Church Nest Platform Conservationists in Bath have welcomed the next generation of peregrines to hatch on the Hawk and Owl Trust’s well established nesting platform on the spire of St John’s RC Church. The first egg successfully hatched on 1 May 2011 when one chick was observed as the female left…Continue Reading

Sooty Escape for Young Peregrine

Juvenile rescued after falling down chimney One of this year’s young Bath peregrines had a lucky escape after falling into a chimney, disappearing from her usual haunts around St John’s Church. The youngster eventually managed to make her way down the chimney. Luckily she landed in the hearth of Bath nature conservation enthusiast Gillian Barrett…Continue Reading