The Newton building at Nottingham Trent University has been the home for the last ten years to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons, who nest on a ledge outside near the top.
The nest site has been successfully used to raise fifteen chicks over the past five years. Their position, high up above the streets, gives them an excellent view of the city and any potential prey. The birds are protected from human intrusion and cannot be seen from inside the building or disturbed by noise or light.
In addition to providing advice and support to help protect the peregrine nest site, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been working with Nottingham Trent University, Nottinghamshire Police and the National Wildlife Crimes Unit to develop a DNA database for birds of prey to help fight wildlife crime such as the theft of eggs and chicks. The charity and scientists from the University’s School of Science and Technology have been working to develop a system that may one day provide crucial evidence to the police. DNA has already been isolated from feathers collected from nests in the Nottinghamshire area and preliminary DNA profiles have been generated.
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It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) to disturb breeding birds, their nests, eggs or young, this includes the fixing of cameras to observe nesting behaviour. Permission must be sought from Natural England (as it has been in this case). If you have any queries concerning the law or this site please contact Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.