The cameras have been live for almost a week now and our peregrine falcons are once again finding themselves in the media spotlight. In the first few days of launching the webcam the birds were featured on both radio and television through BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC East Midlands Today, as well as in print, courtesy of the Nottingham Post. One of the birds was even kind enough to grace us with their presence for the start of an early morning radio piece, proudly perching atop the Newton building to survey the live interview below.
They have been creating the usual reaction on social networking sites too, with people hurriedly flocking to Twitter to post their falcon sightings. While we at falcon HQ have been busy hatching this year’s webcam project, the falcons – who are of course no strangers to this level of interest – are seemingly taking it all in the stride.
Representatives from our environment team and estates and resources team have been busy explaining to the media about what we’re doing differently this year, while Erin McDaid of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been talking at length about the falcons’ breeding and nesting cycles and the careful steps taken to protect them and keep them safe.
Our new blog is receiving some very positive praise too, with comments from viewers such as ‘welcome back’, ‘well done Nottingham’ ‘these new cameras are brilliant’, ‘keep up the good work’ and ‘what wonderful pictures’. And our team of experts have been able to answer viewers’ questions on issues such as the brooding habits of the birds and the way in which the chicks are ringed.
All in all a busy and successful first week for the returning birds and we’re all very much looking forward to taking them under our wing once again.
Nottingham Trent University