Falcon Fans get creative to show their support

As ever, the falcon cam has proved to be compelling viewing for adults and children across Nottinghamshire and beyond.  The Peregrine family have caught the imagination of many people, so much so that we have two lovely stories that we would like to share with you.

Falcon flying off to find dinner

Falcon flying off to find dinner

Firstly, we received a wonderful package through the post from the children in the Foundation Stage Class (4 & 5 years old) at Lady Bay Primary School, West Bridgford, taught by Miss Chilton.

Mrs P shading the chicks by Melissa

Mrs P shading the chicks by Melissa

Inside was an amazing 28 pictures of the falcons along with some lovely letters telling us how much the children have enjoyed watching the chicks grow up and cuddling in their nest-box. The children tune into the camera every day and have even got their parents watching at home!

The pictures are now decorating the walls of Falcon HQ and we thought we would share a couple of them on the blog.

Capital One's Falcon fundraising

Capital One’s Falcon fundraising

Our second story is all about some fantastic fundraising carried out by Naomi Yeomans, Vanessa Sabin and their team of happy helpers from Capital One.

The team put on a cake sale, raffle and tombola raising a total of £210 which is being donated to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and NTU’s falcon research projects.

We would like to thank both the children of Lady Bay Primary School and the lovely folks at Capital One for the time and effort they have put in to show their support for the falcons.  Hopefully you will inspire our other Falcon cam viewers to get creative and share their love for these magnificent birds!

If you would like to share any pictures or stories about your falcon viewing experiences please send them to the NTU Environment Team on environment.team@ntu.ac.uk.

Gill Moczarski, NTU Environment Team

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26 Responses to Falcon Fans get creative to show their support

  1. Maureen and Jann says:

    Can anyone help the chicks this afternoon please,they are in some distress

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  2. K says:

    My little ones love the Peregrine Falcons. My youngest (age 4) tells his friends and teachers at nursery all about the Nottingham peregrines and nest box. We have just been watching one soggy Chick inspecting the camera wires. We will miss them when they leave the nest. 🙂

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  3. freda says:

    lovely pictures children, thankyou!

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  4. freda says:

    chicks so bedraggled and depressed looking in the rain – wonderful fledging patterns on their backs

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  5. Pam Birley. says:

    Great to see so many taking an interest in the Peregrines. What a miserable day for them today weatherwise – they need water wings I think.

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  6. Anne says:

    Love the pictures, well done the children of Lady Bay Primary School & their teacher, & the Capital One cakes are making me feel very, very hungry!
    The poor chicks are looking thoroughly fed up in this horrible rain, earlier I saw 1 of them paddling outside the nest box whilst the other 2 appeared to be trying to shelter under the camera equipment. All back in box now looking very bedraggled.
    Thanks again to NUT & NWT for letting us follow these beautiful birds.

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  7. SueAtt says:

    Well done to the children at Lady Bay Primary – lovely pictures! 🙂 It’s encouraging to know that the children are given the opportunity to watch and learn about the peregrin family. Also well done to the fundraising team at Capitol One for the money they raised for the falcon research projects! 🙂
    Another wet, miserable day for our 3 youngsters – they’ve got their very own outdoor swimming pool! lol.

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  8. barbara deane says:

    Was just looking at 3 very bedraggled chicks looking very sorry for themselves, when heads went up – they had spotted parent coming in with a meal

    94yr old Mum likes to look in on them occasionally too!

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  9. Amelia says:

    So, who’s voting for Amelia for the name ( it’s my name believe it or not !)

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  10. julie says:

    I voted for the name Amelia. I shall miss the chicks so much when they leave. When is their first flight due does anybody know?

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  11. San says:

    I voted for Amelia as I have a neice….and a brand new baby great niece with the same name. I shall miss them so much when they fly the nest. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who has given their time so freely to ensure that our peregrines are such stars. What a brilliant way to engage and educate people like me, who were relatively unaware prior to logging on to this highly addictive drama. Bless you.

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  12. mary in Wales says:

    just logged on to look at the falcons we moved to Wales last week and have just got our computor up and running I can’t believe how much they have changed since the last time I saw them they look great I shall keep watching here in Wales.By the way if your followers would like to see another nest check out the Dfyi Osprey Project it is fascinating to

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    • SueAtt says:

      I’ve been following the Dyfi Osprey Project since last year, and as you say, fascinating to watch, as are our lovely falcons. Enjoy your new home Mary!

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    • The Dyfi Osprey Project is well worth watching and many DOP fans are NTU peregrine falcon fans too.

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  13. sequinsatdawn says:

    Aaargh! Both cameras in close up to nest and no chicks in view! Pan out camera one, please!

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    • sequinsatdawn says:

      Thanks! Camera One panned around and all three chicks are safely exploring their immediate environment.

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  14. Hetty says:

    I see the babies have gone for a paddle in the gutter. Hope they don’t get too wet! At least they can’t fall off the building from there.

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  15. barbara deane says:

    Just watched as Ernest ‘flew’ from nest box to gutter without touching down!

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  16. ianathome says:

    I see they are sleeping in the (very welcome) sunshine on the ledge this morning. This is the start of a very exciting phase of their development but I can’t help but find it a bit nervewracking. Hope they don’t try to fly too early!

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  17. Pam Birley says:

    All three chicks on the ledge this morning preening in the warm sunshine.

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  18. Pam Birley says:

    Ernest is doing a lot of head-bobbing and taking a real interest in the street below. He was stretching his wings earlier. He has grown into a handsome fella with rich dark colouring. I hope I am watching when he takes his first flight. All the others are out of sight right now.

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  19. S says:

    Feeding at present. All three eyases were off-camera until adult arrived with a white bird; maybe a dove? but probably a pigeon. Then all three came running and screaming, lol. I think it was Ernest who was especially hungry, he raised an impatient talon high, and kicked his parent in the back, as if it say “Hurry up!” and kept snapping at the parent’s beak, also. They look just about ready to fledge, I must say.

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  20. Pauline Willis says:

    I had one last look at the youngsters on May 27th, before I flew off to Malta for my holidays. I returned last night and I have missed all the excitement. It has been nice to catch up on the ‘blog’ though, but is there any way I can see them taking their first flight?.

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