Bath & West Wiltshire Group
The Bath & West Wilts group was formed 20 years ago and provides advice on conservation, nest box construction, installation and monitoring of owls and other birds of prey around Bath and West Wiltshire.
The group is active at a number of important raptor and owl sites in and around Bath. While the peregrine nest box on St Johns Church in South Parade Bath may be the most high profile of our projects, it is merely the tip of the iceberg that is the conservation effort of the group.
In addition to nest box construction, installation and maintenance, members record and forward nesting data to the British Trust for Ornithology and continue to liaise with landowners such as the National Trust, Wessex Water and local farmers to assist in conservation schemes.
Shapwick Moor is the nearest Hawk and Owl Trust Nature Reserve (click on link for more information). There is always habitat work to be done and members are actively encouraged to participate.
Please contact one of the committee if you are keen to help in any way.
Chairman: Richard Harris
Tel: 01225 866897
To email: click here
Conservation: Colin Morris
Tel: 01179 327672
To email: click here
Bath Urban Peregrine Project Coordinator: Hamish Smith
To email: click here
- Bath Peregrine Lives Up To Her Name (4/20/2015) - 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… Continue Reading
- Fourth Egg for Bath Peregrines (4/2/2015) - Not to be outdone by their Norwich Cathedral counterparts the St John’s Church peregrines have produced a fourth egg – to the delight of the Bath team and the wider online audience. Time between eggs: 1st to 2nd = 57 hours | 2nd to 3rd = 57 hours | 3rd to 4th = 57.5 hours – nice… Continue Reading
- Is love in the air at our St John’s Church Peregrine Nest Platform in Bath? (2/14/2015) - 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 (1/29/2015) - 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 (5/4/2014) - 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 (4/2/2014) - 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 (5/15/2013) - 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
- Trust Peregrines Star on BBC Springwatch (6/8/2012) - Two Youngsters Prepare to Leave Church Nest Platform 8 June 2012 | These two young peregrines, growing up on the Hawk and Owl Trust nesting platform on a Bath church, have been starring on BBC TV all this week. (Click here for extracts.) The picture shows them trying out their wings in this week’s driving… Continue Reading
- Two Chicks for Bath Peregrines (4/25/2012) - 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 (7/4/2011) - 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
- Bath Peregrines’ Fledgling Success (6/9/2011) - Three youngsters join parents on the wing in Georgian city Three young peregrines, raised on a Hawk and Owl Trust nesting platform on the spire of St John’s RC Church in Bath, have now all fledged successfully and left the nest. Having taken their first flights, they are spending their time flitting from roof to… Continue Reading