Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Thank You.

I would like, on behalf of the team, to thank everyone from around the world for their support in what has become a superb project. Enormous thanks need to go to Nick for his continual hard work and commitment that has resulted in the rewards we have all enjoyed. It has been a hard and emotional time for all of us and we must ask you to forgive the occasional expression of personal feelings. For me it has been a privilege to work alongside both Nicks (Derby Museum and DWT)and I am looking forward to an even better season next year. Even so it is not over yet here in Derby - for those living in the area there is still the wonder of all the aerial displays while these chicks are taught all they will need to know to survive in the 'outside world'. Though probably unseen by the cameras there will still be a great deal to report over the coming months as there will be a great deal of 'behind the scenes' work by the project members to prepare for 2008. Keep up the support and help us become the best in the world!!!


sam said...

I would like to express my thanks for your response to (the second paragraph)which upset a few of us, it was very gracious of you. In closing may I add that I have had nothing but admiration for the effort of all concerned in this project, it has been a very pleasurable experience and one in which we can all be proud,on that note i like to say of course you are forgiven no hard feelings. haha Sam

Anonymous said...

Hello to all from Dayton!
I have been checking your cams and I see your girls are out and flying, what excellent news! I hope everyone is doing well considering the rains and flooding, I watched the BBC news and it looked appalling.
Thank you so much to the Derby team and all of you for your hard work and watchful eyes. Here in the US, peregrines were almost extinct not so very long ago, and only hard work and great hearts like yours made the difference from extinction to a hopeful come-back. Time will tell if all of us can help those species that are most stressed by habitat loss, global climate change and so on, but I will be thinking of your kind and gentle comments on this blog for a long time. You are to be commended for your insights and humor, too! :)
I have no idea how long the cams will be up but I'll be checking in as long as possible.
Take care, everyone, you are very dear to me.

Anonymous said...

The effort that has gone into the blog has helped make the experience of watching the chicks hatch, grow and fledge much more interesting and informative.
It's great to read the comments from people in other parts of the world!
Thank you also for the information about other events, hope to go to the Santutary.
This peregrine project has helped to rekindle an interest in nature, well done!
Heather, Derby

Anonymous said...

Have Thelma and Louise (who also went fron "sedentiary" to 'more active' lifestyles...) been back to the nest overnight?


Diane said...

Are you still having 'Peregrine watch' telescopes on the green?

Anonymous said...

there is a bird in view from the right hand camera. As it appears pale under the chin my best guest is an adult but it is not clear.

Anonymous said...

That bird has been there on the 'castlements' for ages... I saw it at 8.00 and it is still there 49 mins later.

Sue @ Court in Bucks said...

This has been a wonderful project and I have so enjoyed sharing in this life-enriching project - even when it was nail biting and even when I risked the sack for web-camming instead of working!!!. I thank all the people unknown to me who made the project happen - and did such a brilliant job. I've never seen peregrines before and now there are 4 of these wonderful birds wild and free where there were just 2 before. The freak weather has scared me - perhaps we should all stop and consider what's going on - what we can do to help rectify it? We have some wonderful things happening down here in the Chilterns - our "stars" are the red kites of course (do come and see them, people!) but Derby, you really have led the way. Wonderful people, wonderful projects. I can't wait to come and visit you someday and see your cathedral and museum for myself .... and maybe even some very special birds gracing your airspace! "Fare Well" until we meet again!
Sue Hetherington, Wendover Bucks and (whilst employed!) Wycombe Magistrates' Court

Anonymous said...

'Thank You To All Concerned' seems rather inadequate, but it is heartfelt. All I can add is 'roll on 2008' and we can do it all over again!!!!!

Anonymous said...

nice to see the peregrines on the web cam today on both left and right perched on the castlements below nest, dont know if its the parents or the chicks but its good to see them anyway.

Anonymous said...

12.45 I've just seen it too, although can't tell whether it's an adult or chick - yes, it sure is good to see one again.

Anna, Ripley

Anonymous said...

I would also like to say a heartfelt thank-you to everyone involved in the peregrine project. I've been enthralled by the whole thing and feel very privileged to have been able to share this family's journey, both over the webcams and on the Cathedral Green.

Is there any way that we can donate money specifically to this project?

Liz, Derby

Anonymous said...

we need a peregrin web cam in birmingham and the peregrin pub greta to see the nature bring our communities closer and talkin, well done coventry maybe you can advise the rspb birmingham to pull their socks up;)

Sue @ Court said...

To give the credit where it's due, I think you'll find the partners behind this project were Derby Museums, Derby Cathedral and the Wildlife Trust. EVERY county will have a wildlife trust - go find yours and JOIN if you want to be a star and help! As for donations, I'm sure somebody will grab your arm off eagerly. Mentioning the Chilterns Red Kites again, they have "Friends" mainly for this very reason. Incidentally, they too ran a webcam (still Goggleable) but Chiltern woodlands doesn't make such a safe environment as city centre cathedrals and Internet feeds had to be discontinued.

helenhoward said...

Will the birds ever come back to the nesting box or will they stay around the skys of derby. The webcam has been fantastic to watch.

Thank you to everyone who organised the webcam.
I hope the birds are safe where ever they may be

Anonymous said...

Thanks Liz, you remind me of doing something to support this project.

Project team, please tell me how to make a donation, details can be sent to my email address, j132325@hotmail.com. I want to do something for Derby, my favourite place. Jennie, Hong Kong.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all involved it's amazing that people all over the world have been viewing and interested in the Derby Peregrins. Hope all the flooding doesn't affect how they learn from the parent birds. Once more heartfelt thanks to all S

Anonymous said...

17.15 A bird is on the nest box, not sure who it is though, could be the male having his tea

Project Member (DWT) said...

Regarding donations and the future of the Watch Point and the blog:

Having been away for a few days, I've been down to the Green today to catch up. I was pleased to see both youngsters flying about quite confidently. When we left, both had returned to the gargoyles up above the nest site and were busy feeding.
Regarding the offers of donations, the simplest way (for people in the UK) is to send a cheque, made out to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, to the Trust office at East Mill, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH with a covering note saying 'For the Peregrine Project'.
Please indicate if you would like a thank you letter or not (our default is to send one if an address is provided). Regarding overseas wellwishers who want to donate (such as Jenny) please send an email address to enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk saying what you wish to do and we will give you our bank account details etc.
We (the partners) have covered most of this year's direct costs but still need funds to develop the project further (eg the educational side) and also for new camera's and other IT equipment/leaflets etc for next season. If Nick at the museum needs to spend money on the project over and above that available to him via the council or from Capita UK, he either asks us to buy it or he invoices us for it.
It is also possible to join the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust if you live in or near the county. Please see the Trust website (a link to it is on the blog). If you live further away, why not join your own county wildlife trust? A full list plus contacts is available via the DWT website.
The Watch Point will continue only as far as this Saturday (30th) so now is an appropriate chance to say a big thanks to everyone who has helped out on Cathedral Green since we started back in mid-May. We have not counted the number of visitors we have had but it must be several 1000s!
We would also like to thank everyone who put money in our donation boxes and we will post a final total when the watchpoint is finished.
As to the future of the blog, we were discussing earlier today how we might gently run it down over the next few months as news of the birds gets less frequent and (hopefully) less scary....those first few days in the air are very stressful for sure!
More on this soon....

Anonymous said...

18:32 I think it is Junior (the younger, 'lazier' chick) that is in the nest at present. He keeps looking round for food(?) I might nip down to the Green myself.

Anonymous said...

just saw a bird back on the edge of the nest (18.37) only stayed a few moments and left.
B.C Canada 10.38am

Karen Anne said...

Any hope any of the ground watchers would post a photo of the birds on the blog? I am sure many of us would love to see a photo of them out and about.

Steph said...

Thank you for clearing up that second paragraph.
I would like to add that I have loved watching the birds and will inevitably be watching out for them every time I go into Derby.
Hopefully we will have more of the same next year.

Anonymous said...

Bitterly cold in Derby this evening but when we arrived on the Cathedral Green at about 7.45 both adults and 1 juvenile were perched at the top of the east face of the tower. Over the next quarter of an hour, the youngster flew a couple of laps around the Green landing quite well on the tower each time.

The adult female flew off at about 8.00 and after about half an hour of waiting, the second juvenile flew in from the west, lapped around the Silk Mill museum and landed on a gargoyle.

Both juveniles are becoming much more confident both in the air and at landing!

I understand from John Salloway that several photos taken over the last few days have been passed on to the team. Hopefully some of these will appear on the blog over the next few days and you can share our privilege.

Andy & Chris M

helenhoward said...

will the nest eventually be cleaned out or will it be left as natural as possible
i was very intrigued by the diary submission for monday and i personally thought it very thought provoking. like any piece of literature you should think of all aspects and balance both the writers and readers points of view.