UK’s first peregrine young of the year hatch on church nest platfrom
In Bath the pair of peregrines nesting on the Hawk and Owl Trust’s well established nesting platform on the spire of St John’s RC Church hatched two chicks on Easter Saturday. A third hatched after the long weekend, but a fourth egg failed to hatch. The three chcks have been ringed (click here for more details).
The peregrine pair, which returned to the platform for the sixth successive year, surprised everyone by laying a clutch of eggs by 18 March. It is thought they may have been the earliest to breed in Britain this year.
Members of the public watching activity live from street level in Bath usually have great views of the peregrines flying in and out of the nest site – in South Parade, not far from Bath Spa railway station. This is especially true after the young hatch and require increasingly frequent deliveries of prey.
From time to time, Trust volunteers will also be setting up telescopes to help people view the peregrines.
The peregrine, which is the logo of the Hawk and Owl Trust, is the largest falcon resident in the UK. Numbers are increasing after being devastated by the effects of organochlorine pesticide poisoning in the 1960s. There are now thought to be 1500 pairs in the UK and although their natural habitat is cliff ledges, over the last decade several have started to breed on human structures in our cities.
At another Hawk and Ow Trust peregrine platform, on Norwich Cathedral spire, the female laid for the first time on Easter Sunday. For more details click here.