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.


9 Responses to About

  1. M moore says:

    i feel these peregines have be exploited buy the wild life trust and the NTU, putting advertising boards in the scrap and on the front of a highly elevatered gravel box doesnt make them wild birds but a media attraction for the wlt and ntu to advertise. if you look at peregrine cams around the world sf usa ,chicago, boston, italy , even in the uk at other sites the eryre offers the ut most protection carefully thought thru.they were doing ok with out that box and adds i feel you should have kept it simple. AS NATURE INTENDED


    • daventu says:

      Hi there. Thank you for your comment. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been working with Nottingham Trent University to protect this particular peregrine nest for around ten years now. In the early years this involved keeping the nest location a secret and during construction work in and around the building, cameras were installed to provide added security for the birds. In all these years the birds have successfully reared a large number of chicks – averaging over three chicks per year since the cameras were installed. Last year, when the camera went live for the 1st time, they successfully hatched, reared and fledged four chicks – a very good number for a wild pair. The few simple modifications made to the nest (by way of the tray with gravel to aid drainage) have served the pair very well until now and the live stream added last year has provided hundreds of thousands of people with an insight into the lives of the birds.

      We are involved in the protection of a number of nest sites around the county of a variety of protected birds and the majority are kept absolutely secret. Only where we feel that the birds are secure from disturbance would we consider a camera such as the one in Nottingham – even here, as highlighted above, its principal role is as a security camera to ensure the nest is not tampered with. However, the technological improvements have made it easier for us to share high quality the images with the public. The camera and blog are helping to inform people about these magnificent wild birds and the positive response we’ve had has been overwhelming.

      The previous success of the pair highlights the suitability of this site, which was chosen by the wild birds. What we have witnessed over the past few days has been the result of a dramatic shift in the weather – with a warm period prompting the birds to lay early, only to be caught out by near 20-hour deluge of rain over the weekend.


  2. keith eaton says:

    been following the falcons last year, and again this year fantastic viewing,. could you tell me when the eggs will hatch? thanks keith ….


    • gillyntu says:

      Hi Keith, the falcons normally begin incubation once the final egg has been laid. As Pam mentioned over the weekend, it takes approx 28 days for the eggs to hatch so we’d expect this to happen around 27-30th April. But, it could potentially be a bit earlier than this as they have been sitting on the earlier eggs to protect them from the cold.


  3. brian says:

    has one of the peregrines gone missing.i ask because a friend took a photo of a dead bird on the roof,near the victoria centre flats. it has very similar markings to a peregrine.
    obviously, i hope i`m wrong,but i`m quite concerened it may be one of the mating pairs.
    i have been looking on the site to see if is any evidence of two,i have only seen the one (female?) looking after the eggs
    any info about this would be greatly appreciated & again i hope i`m wrong.


  4. Chris Almond says:

    Hi, I thought you may find this interesting, it’s a view from Street View looking towards the nest…. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/preview/@52.955844,-1.151091,3a,40.4y,322.22h,115.5t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s8yOd2HhtyOlvBRLSaxsUxw!2e0


  5. Well done Chris……is that one of the Falcons that I can see in the sky ?


  6. Jane Mac says:

    How many eggs are there this year please?


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