Watch the 2012 breeding season
Peregrines and tawny owls are the stars of webcams installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust so that visitors to its website can view the nesting behaviour of these beautiful birds of prey.
One webcam gives the spectacular view of the peregrine platform installed by the Trust on the spire of Norwich Cathedral, 75 metres above the streets of the city. The other webcam (right) gives a more intimate view, inside a tawny owl nest box located at the Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve near Fakenham.
The Hawk and Owl Trust installed the Norwich nesting platform in close consultation with staff at the Cathedral last year to provide a suitable nest site for a pair of peregrine falcons that had taken up residence at the Cathedral. The nesting platform was an immediate success and CCTV cameras high up on the spire gave wonderful views of the birds making their first breeding attempt.
The female peregrine was still in juvenile plumage however, and although she managed to lay a single egg it did not hatch successfully. Now the peregrines are getting ready for the new breeding season, the female has moulted into adult plumage, and hopes are high for successful breeding this year.
To begin with the peregrine webcam will show a still image from the platform that will update every minute. A live image will become available nearer to egg laying when activity on camera intensifies.
The webcam can also be viewed on the Norwich Cathedral website and if the birds do lay eggs the Hawk and Owl Trust will be running a watch point at the Cathedral where the public can view the birds through telescopes. Times and dates for the watch point will be posted on the Trust’s website. If you are interested in volunteering to help at the watch point please contact the Hawk and Owl Trust on 01328 856788 or sign up online.
The tawny owls on the Trust’s Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve also appear to be preparing to breed. Tawny owls are among the earliest birds to breed each year and eggs could be laid before the ened of February. The webcam from the tawny owl box will show if and when eggs are laid.
Visitors to Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve can see both webcams in the visitor centre as well as images from other cameras around the reserve. The reserve is open every day except Mondays and the visitor centre is open from 9am until 4pm.
This project is being supported by: Archant, ContiTech UK, iCode Systems, Lady Hind Trust, LVAS-Imas Ltd, M A Partners,Opticron, SIMM Conveyor Services Ltd, Syngenta, WildSounds, WiSpire by FreeClix, Cley Spy, Hawke Optics, Viking Optical Ltd, Swallowtail Print, and in memory of the late Mr Ray Rogers of Norwich.