Peregrine Watch Points will occur on Derby's Cathedral Green off Full Street every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. between now and the end of June 2012 (weather permitting).
The 16th May saw the start of this summer's Watch Points on Cathedral Green (on Full Street behind the Cathedral).
For a report see the end of post.
With telescopes set up, anyone who comes along can see the birds really close up and'for real'! The four chicks will soon be poking their heads above the front of the nest platform and be visible from the ground...exciting times ahead!
These 22 events are run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of the partnership, which also includes The Cathedral, Cathedral Quarter and Derby City Council (which hosts the web cams for us).
So, if you live within reach (and I know one keen fan of the Derby peregrines is coming up from Buckinghamshire), then do pop along one day and see these wonderful falcons as they fly about, sit in places the web cams can't see them and generally go about the business of raising their family. You will get an entirely different perspective on them...and you'll also get to meet some of our wonderful volunteers - without whom these events wouldn't happen at all.
Buses and trains run into Derby of course but if you are coming by car, then search for 'derby car parks' to see where the nearest are located (Chapel Street and the Assembly Rooms CP are closest). There is also on-street parking in the area.
We look forward to seeing some of you in the coming weeks. Please introduce yourselves when you turn up!
If you are new to this blog - then to read the news about the chicks themselves and see some great video clips, scroll down to previous posts.
Report on the first Watch Point (16th): a sunny morning though it did cloud over later and the very cold wind increased too.
This was also a training day for new volunteers so a big thank you to Hilary M., Hilary Mc. and husband Kevin and Ian Mcl for sticking it out until 1.30 without a drink or any food!
The birds were very active and showed well all the time (but the chicks are not quite big enough to poke their heads over the edge - though they will be soon!). The male flew about quite a bit and the female too at one point. We didn't see any food being brought in though.
Over 40 people came along including some old friends such as Sue H from Bucks., Tony G and Joyce S. BBC Radio Derby's Sally Swinfen turned up and I did a live broadcast for the afternoon show. NB. Note to other WP vols - bring plenty of warm clothes (and maybe a brolly too!).
Donation from the DOS: The Derbyshire Ornithological Society has been very supportive of this project since it began. Recently we received a donation from them of £200 which is very much appreciated. If you are interested in the county's birds then this is the group to go to, to join and support - google 'derbyshireos' and you'll find their excellent website. Go to the latest sightings page to read what birds have been seen in the county of late.
Again, a big thanks to them and to a few other individual donors who have kindly sent us some money recently and unsolicited. Keep it coming in!
Nick B (DWT)