Cirencester's Peregrine family need somewhere warm and dry to raise their chicks – although eggs were observed in 2020 any attempts to raise a family were unfortunately unsuccessful.
Thankfully, Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group (GRMG) have kindly arranged for a nest box to be professionally constructed by Raptor Aid – which is due to be installed this Friday (18th December 2020). Excitingly, this nest box also includes a camera mount!
It’s hoped that this raptor des res will greatly improve the chances of our peregrines successfully rearing young; whilst the installation of a high-definition camera will allow school children, researchers and everyone else an opportunity to get closer to nature from the comfort of their living rooms.
With the much-valued help of the Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group and the support of Reverend Canon Graham Morris, Cirencester Wildlife Group are hoping that we’ll all soon be tuning into peregrine TV - broadcast live from the top of the Parish Church.
- Why support this project?
This is a fantastic community project. The residents of Salisbury are so familiar with their peregrine family they’ve even given them names and set-up a YouTube channel with live streaming video!
Cirencester Wildlife Group would love to give you the same opportunity to follow the story of our peregrines - which will hopefully become a positive focal point.
Since peregrines pair for life, typically living on average for between 5 to 6 years, and staying on a territory all year round, it’s hoped that Cirencester’s peregrines will also become a treasured addition to our community – helping to inspire a love of wildlife.
With more peregrines moving back into our towns and cities, these charismatic birds now epitomise a renewed potential for urban rewilding and our ability to live side by side with nature - their story of recovery is a lesson of hope for the future.
- How will the money be spent?
Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group have very kindly agreed to finance the construction of the nest box (£150); not only will your donations allow us to purchase a high-definition camera and TV screen for the church it should hopefully allow us to repay their generosity.
As peregrine chicks are adept at finding their feet, often venturing away from the nest, it is advised that the camera has Pan/Tilt/Zoom capabilities and is also encased in a domed housing to avoid any unnecessary disturbance.
Through consultation with Peregrine Researcher Ed Drewitt, who is involved in a similar project at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, it’s believed that the camera and viewing equipment will likely cost around £1,500*.
Click here to read more about Cirencester’s Peregrines.
* Should we be fortunate enough to raise more than the required amount, CWG will use any additional funds to finance other local wildlife projects eg. Cirencester Hedgehog Street.