Over at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus we’ve been viewing the peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) with much interest since last month’s launch.
We have been able to watch on the screen in the reception of our Bramley building, which has been delivering footage to staff and students alike as they pass to and from lectures.
Probably the key thing for us at Brackenhurst – besides the opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ coverage of the Peregrines – has been the chance to watch these magnificent birds bring their prey back to the building’s ledge. We have also seen the female inspecting and sitting in the hollow in the nesting tray, though this turned out to be short lived as she seemed a little distracted by something to the right of the camera, possibly her own reflection.
Spring is certainly in the air here at Brackenhurst, which brings with it the imminent arrival of new born calves and lambs from our own on-site herds, along with the prospect of sporadic sleep patterns throughout March, for all involved. With the pregnant ewes being brought inside towards the end of last week, only days away from the first ‘due date’ when the first lambs were calculated to give birth, we have already had a number of early arrivals along with two Lincolnshire red calfs, born in mid-February.
Here’s hoping for a successful season for the falcons too!
Simon Taylor & Gemma Clark
Field & Environment Technicians, Brackenhurst.