A pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting at the University of Sheffield has become Yorkshire’s first urban breeding pair, thanks to the concerted efforts of staff and volunteers from the University and the Sheffield Bird Study Group.
A nest platform was placed atop St George’s Church in early 2010. In 2012 it was finally confirmed that the pair of peregrines using the platform had bred successfully for the first time.
Phil Riley, Energy Manager in the University’s Department of Estates and Facilities Management, recently installed this webcam near the nest. The webcam not only acts as a security camera to ensure the nest is not tampered with, but will allow the University to make high quality images of these beautiful wild birds available to the public.
Peregrine Falcons have previously been an endangered species, but their population has steadily increased since the 1970s because of better legal protection and control of pesticides. The birds are usually found around the sea coast but have recently been seen in more built up areas. You can read the continuing story of the Sheffield Peregrine by visiting Sheffield Peregrine Blog and SBSG.