Friday, 3 June 2011

Last Week To See Nottingham City Centre Peregrine Falcon Chicks Nest Webcam

For the last ten years right in the the very heart of Nottingham city centre, a pair or rare peregrine falcons have been successfully nesting and breeding on top of Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building, right opposite WagaMama in the Cornerhouse. This year at the end of April, four chicks hatched, two of whom were named Will and Kate during the royal wedding celebrations. And for the first time this year a webcam has been installed to give everyone the opportunity to watch the young family's progress. "We really have been blown away by the success of the webcam," says Erin McDaid of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust "We knew there would be interest but we believe we've had about a quarter of a million hits on the webcam so far. We think it's particularly getting attention by bird-lovers and people in general because of the location in the centre of the Nottingham and the fact that you can actually see the familiar local buildings and people walking around in the streets below in the footage."
The chicks are now almost five weeks old and are expected to fledge in the next week or so. Although their appearance isn't always guaranteed, patient viewers will see the almost fully-grown chicks come into view back into the nest and onto the nearby building ledge.
***UPDATE JUNE 8 2011***  The two other chicks have now been named 'Isaac' and 'Newton' by Nottingham Law School student Ken Evans who won the naming competition.
PEREGRINE WATCH EVENT On the 9th June from 11am- 2pm members of the public are invited to come along to the lawn outside the Newton Building on South Sherwood Street for a special Peregrine Watch event for a chance to talk to local experts and use special telescopic equipment to watch the birds.
More details available at
You can watch the chicks webcam here

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