David Bowie: Let's DanceiTunesAmazon

Peregrine Falcon Eggs Found In Aylesbury


10:52am 13th April 2016

Aylesbury's close to having at least four new Peregrine Falcons.

AVDC's webcams are watching two falcons nesting on top of County Hall and are sitting on four new eggs which were laid over Easter.

Ecologists at Aylesbury Vale District Council have enjoyed a series of springtime surprises in the past few weeks, as biodiversity expert Paul Holton explains:

"For the last seven years, together with Bucks Bird Club, we've been monitoring several families of peregrine falcons, one of which has made a nest on top of the highest tower block in Aylesbury.

"Last year, we installed new webcams which have been broadcasting live footage of these wonderful birds to 'twitchers' all around the world.

"To everyone's great delight, the peregrines recently laid not just one, but four new eggs - just in time for Easter!

"Webcam viewers everywhere have since been able to join us in watching the proud parents as they get ready to nurture their new arrivals."

They should be hatching around the end of the month.

Although live pictures of Aylesbury's peregrine falcons have been captured on webcams since 2011, the newly installed system provides footage which is of significantly higher quality, allowing the council's ecologists and fellow wildlife enthusiasts from as far afield as Japan and Australia to study the birds' behaviour in much greater detail than ever before.

During the Easter holidays, live pictures from the upgraded webcams allowed the team to record the exact dates that each egg was laid, with the first one appearing in the early hours of Good Friday, 25 March.

The next one was produced on Easter Sunday, with a further two eggs completing the clutch on Wednesday 30 March and Friday 1 April.

Local birdwatcher Mike Wallen, who's been involved in monitoring the peregrine falcons since the start of the project and who helped to set up the weblinks, said:

"This is the largest clutch of eggs which these breeding pairs have ever produced, and we're all really thrilled to be able to observe their progress.

"It's always an absolute privilege to watch these magnificent birds, and it'll be heart-warming to see their chicks take flight when they're fully fledged."

To see photographs and live webcam footage of the peregrine falcons, please visit: www.aylesburyperegrine.org.uk

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Email Icon Get the latest local news direct to your inbox.
Sign up now for our email updates


No comments have been posted and approved yet.

Submit a Comment

Please log in to comment on this page.

Suggested articles

Syringes and rubbish pile found near busy Aylesbury footpath

A Mix96 listener said her 16-year-old brother stumbled upon it with his friend.

Mix96 News

Two men jailed over a stabbing in Aylesbury

The men have been jailed following the incident in Aylesbury on 20th January.

Most read
Mia - carpool

Aylesbury mum wants to change perceptions on World Down Syndrome Day

Jo Hercules has released this video of her little girl.

Waterside North - Artists impression front OCO (2)

More plans for Aylesbury's town centre

Including a 60-bed hotel & 32 new flats in disused buildings.

Newer articles

Ex-Teacher Convicted In Aylesbury For Sex Offences Banned

Local: Mr Hannen who was found guilty of sexual activity with a 13-17 year old girl in 2013 has been banned from teaching.

Buckingham Decides Who Deserves Community Cash

Local: £9,500 will go to five local organisations after 1,000 people in Buckingham voted how taxpayers' money should be spent.

Older articles

Pint Of Beer To Be Launched Into Space In Whitchurch

Local: The White Swan in Whitchurch are sending a pint into space.

100 People A Month Apply For Homes In Dacorum

Local: That's according to the Borough Council, who've now made changes that mean families can apply for bigger homes to take some of the pressure off.

Top articles

Two men jailed over a stabbing in Aylesbury

Local: The men have been jailed following the incident in Aylesbury on 20th January.

Family of four who died miles apart named by police

National: A woman who was found stabbed to death at her home in London and her husband and children who subsequently died in East Sussex have been officially named by police.

Staff leave JK Rowling's Pottermore website in 'reorganisation'

Showbiz: A number of members of staff at JK Rowling's popular website for Harry Potter fans have left as a result of digital push in a different direction.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to sign for LA Galaxy after Manchester United agree to contract termination

Sport: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to sign for LA Galaxy, according to Sky sources, after Manchester United agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

Shot of cognac sells in London bar for £10k

Strange: A shot of cognac has sold in a London bar for £10,014, setting a new world record.

Get 1 main free when 2 people dine in

Mela Restaurant in Aston Clinton has now been open since September 2002 and has built a reputation for serving the finest Indian cuisine

Find out about saving money with the Mix 96 VIP Club

Find out more about Mela - Contemporary Indian Cuisine