Falcon air training squadron video!
Whilst this years ‘falconwatch’ season hasn’t quite been as traumatic as 2012, our resident peregrine family have still provided us with our fair share of emotional ups and downs. From the parent birds’ tenacity in coping with the snow to the chicks ledge top antics; we’ve once again been treated to a privileged view of these majestic birds.
Whilst some would argue that nothing matches watching wildlife ‘in the field’, I would argue that webcams, such as those provided by Nottingham Trent University, actually have a role to play in encouraging people to re-connect with nature. There is real concern that young people today have a lack of empathy with the natural world due to the undoubted disconnect that our modern lifestyle has promoted between us and Mother Nature.
Now that fewer and fewer of us live or work in the countryside it is understandable that we have less of a natural affinity with it – and as our homes become more and more sealed off from the outside world this is likely to increase. We no longer live by the natural pattern of day and night and no longer directly rely upon the natural environment to provide our food and shelter.
However far removed we have become from nature, I personally believe that our connection with it is simply waiting below the surface, ready to be re-kindled – and projects such as falcon cam can do nothing but help.
Whether its children watching the peregrines in school time or office workers sneaking a crafty peek whilst at work – tens of thousands of people have been tuning in for the daily fix, and there is no doubting the emotional response that being able to see the birds in every detail has solicited.
Having been involved in this project for quite some time it would be easy to become hardened to this emotional response, but I have to admit that the sight of the chicks chasing each other in flight over the Nottingham skyline last week was truly uplifting.
As well as helping people re-connect with nature, there is also no question that camera projects such as this one are helping us build our knowledge of wildlife a fact highlighted recently on BBC Springwatch when clips from peregrine webcams from across the UK, including ours, were shown featuring a range of behaviours previously unobserved.
Now the chicks have fledged they will be seen less and less on camera, they can be seen readily in the centre of Nottingham – so if you are in the vicinity of the Newton building in the next few weeks, lift your head to the sky and keep your eyes peeled for a view of these very special birds in our very special city.
If you’d like to join our Wildlife in the City team for our final ‘Peregrine Watch’ event of the season, why not join us next Tuesday (25th June). For further details visit
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust