Leicester Peregrines

The Leicester Peregrine Project is a collaboration between the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) and Leicester City Council (LCC). The objective is to Identify, Monitor and Promote the Conservation of Peregrines within Leicester and it’s environs.

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LATEST NEWS

Both juveniles have now successfully fledged. The first, on 15 June, was a rather dramatic topple off the ledge that turned into P7D’s first flight. Following a desperate drive in to Leicester, the juvenile was found perched safely on a nearby building. The adult female watching over it from one of the Cathedrals crosses.

The second left on the morning of 16 June at 05:20. PCF headed in the same direction as his sister in less dramatic fashion than she did.

We will keep a camera streaming in the hope that they may return home to rest up or roost.

Thank you to everyone for all your comments over the months.

See Videos below:

Picture – Juveniles are around the Cathedral: A quick trip into Leicester on the 18th to try and located the juveniles to confirm they both fledged successfully. P7D (below)was found quickly but PCF was a little more difficult. Eventually he was found hiding behind a large chimney pot, sheltering from the wind.

 

Even more dramatic at half speed!

Sitting on a nearby roof:

Next Peregrine Watch Day:

Wednesday 11th July at 9:30

St Martin’s Square

New LIVE nest cameras installed – click HERE

Watch the video below of the second chick hatching from it’s egg.

Below is a short video clip of the pair at the nest in September 2017 from the new Hi-Res camera.

Working Together in Partnership
In February 2014, a partnership between LROS and LCC was formed called Leicester Peregrines to monitor the habits and activities of a known pair of Peregrine Falcons in Leicester city centre. A group of volunteers from LROS started surveying the city and noticed the birds frequenting a number of tall buildings. These included Leicester Cathedral, the Old Lewis’s Tower, the Cardinal Building (BT Tower) and St Georges (Blue) Tower. It quickly became apparent that the Leicester Peregrines were intent on breeding.

Unfortunately, the location of the nest was less than secure and the decision was made to erect a number of artificial nest boxes on various buildings to try and entice the birds to a safer location.

With the agreement of Leicester Cathedral and after the input of an independent Urban Peregrine expert, a 5-star nest platform was erected on the east facing side of the Cathedral spire. Although the birds did not breed there in 2016, both the adults and the two juveniles could often be seen either on the platform or on one of the spire crosses.

We hope that the Leicester Peregrines will take to the nesting platform in 2017.

 

Female Peregrine Leicester Cathedral 26/07/2016 © David Gray

Juvenile female Peregrine Leicester Cathedral 26/07/2016 © David Gray


Female Peregrine on Leicester Cathedral 07/07/2016 © David Gray


Female Peregrine on Leicester Cathedral Part Two 07/07/2016 © David Gray


Male Peregrine on Leicester Cathedral © James Brown


Male Peregrine on Leicester Cathedral 23/03/2016 © David Gray


Male Peregrine on Leicester Cathedral 23/03/2016 © David Gray


Male Peregrine in Leicester City Centre © David Gray


Female Peregrine in Leicester City Centre © David Gray