A wonderful window on wildlife

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


Erin McDaid
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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29 Responses to A wonderful window on wildlife

  1. Lynne Mackenzie says:

    I couldn’t agree more.It’s great to watch wildlife “in the field”, but there are fewer and fewer “fields” in this country to watch it in, and these webcams are an essential link with nature which some would never otherwise come to. Thank you all for the brilliant work you have done, this and every season.


  2. Glynne Watson says:

    I would just like to say thank you for a fantastic if not sometimes traumatic couple of months watching the everyday life of those magnificent birds.I cannot wait for next years trials and tribulations to start.
    Many thanks
    Glynne Watson


  3. Lynn says:

    All I can do is echo the views of others – it’s been really good and I look forward to next Spring! Thanks for all your efforts.


  4. El D says:

    Thanks to all the people involved with this year’s Peregrine Watch. It’s been a real pleasure to follow the experience. Looking forward to next year’s!


  5. ANN PRICE says:

    Hello Erin and the Trent Uni team It is good to know the falcons have fledged. As I do not live in Nottingham I have not had the thrill of seeing them fly over the city. Just wanted to say I watched avidly last year with the sadness of the loss of several chicks. To see three healthy chicks survive this year is great. The webcam has been a particular source of enjoyment for me this year as I have spent the last two months recovering at home from surgery following an accident. Thanks for all your efforts. Will look forward to tuning in next spring. Best wishes Ann


  6. S says:

    Well, the bittersweet moment where we wrap the season and hope for the best for this year’s brood.

    We are grateful for all three eggs hatching and the successful fledges of three healthy chicks.

    I have managed to turn some friends of mine in different countries onto the cam; people who said they would never be interested in it have become riveted, learned much, and are already telling THEIR friends about it, and we’re all looking forward to next year, already!!

    Thanks again to Trent U, the team there, and the Wildlife Trusts for your dedication.


  7. Alex Jones says:

    The wonders of technology bringing people like me closer to nature who would miss such situations like these falcons.


  8. Alex Jones says:

    It seemed so short time ago that I saw these birds as eggs, they have grown fast.


  9. Sheena says:

    There is an adult bird at the nest and it’s been ‘rummaging’ as if getting ready to nest – quite odd but so lovely to see a bird by the nest again……………..maybe, like us, it’s suffering from empty nest syndrome.


  10. Pam Birley says:

    Thank you fNTU for keeping the webcam coverage on the falcon ledge and nest. To check in here is still one of the first things I do on the computer most days.

    A young one was around this morning, checking out the nest and communicating with the ledge above. This one had very dark breast feathers and still had a few whitish patches on its head. A photo can be found here…also a link to many other photos:


  11. Sheena says:

    Adult female back in the nest again and the adult male also on the ledge – what’s going on? She is settling in the nest just like she did before laying her eggs. Is this normal behaviour does anyone know? I wish there was a live forum on here so we could talk as this comment won’t appear until tomorrow unless anyone happens to be around 😦


  12. The bird on the ledge at the moment doesn’t appear to be ringed. Which bird is it? Has the ring come off?


    • chrisntu says:

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for the question. It could have been one of the parents you spotted which aren’t ringed as they nested as adults.

      Kind regards,



  13. Graham says:

    Thank you to all involved with this project. To have the web cam to follow these fantastic birds is an absolute joy.


  14. Joy Walker says:

    I would just like to thank you all sincerely for all your hard work with these cams, I love to watch them as do my Grandchildren aged 15, 5 and 2 and yes I agree with you in the fact that our children need to be kept in touch with all the wild life out there and realise that these wonderful birds and others are out there for us all to enjoy. Cant wait for next year for another good few hours intersting watching, thankyou xx


  15. hils1944 says:

    Parents did a fantastic role of protecting the eggs in the snow and raising their chicks to fledging. Thanks for the wonderful webcam pics so we could watch the amazing story unfold.


  16. Lynn says:

    There’s a very brave or foolhardy pigeon picking round the nest at the moment!


  17. barbara deane says:

    Just been watching an easy meal for someone! A pigeon in the nest box!


  18. Sue Hall says:

    Thanks team its been amazing


  19. Nick says:

    It still is amazing Sue 🙂 This youngster had just finished breakfast and was surveying her domain – when the camera operator obliged with a close up….



    • Pam Birley says:

      Nick: that has to be one of the best Peregrine pics this year. The clarity is amazing. The bird could almost fly into my workroom ! Thank you for capturing the moment and thanks as always to the wonderful, dedicated camera operator at the time and to all of NTU for the continuing coverage of the Perry ledge. It is still worth looking in, you never know what you may see !!!!


  20. Anne says:

    Thanks to all at NTU & NWT. It has been a privilege to watch the chicks & their devoted parents, especially after last year’s trauma! Looking forward to next year.


  21. julie says:

    What was that bird doing so close to the camera just now – I think it has flown off now!!


  22. barbara deane says:

    A pigeon dicing with death! – on the ledge just a few feet from one of the chicks who was watching it intensely!


  23. barbara deane says:

    Sorry forgot to say thanks for the wonderful closeups half hour or so ago!


  24. Anna Goodbody says:

    When the camera is focused on the ledge with treetops and house roofs in the background, where is that located on the building, what street does that overlook? Thanks for all your good work keeping up with the fledglings.


  25. Judi Lee says:

    Thanks team for your hard work, Its been amazing to watch looking forward to next year.


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