For the last 3 years, Peregrines have unsuccessfully tried to nest on the Parkinson tower.  This year, with a little help of a custom-made nesting platform and local experts (some of whom actually work at the University), they successfully laid three eggs between 7th -11th May.  The camera provides a direct stream to the Peregrines on a live feed.

Please note that these birds are predators, but are not shy and don’t care about us watching whilst they eat.  As such, please be aware that they may, particularly over the next few weeks, be seen eating their prey on screen.

Thank you to all those watching out for our Peregrines.  We are expecting them to fledge around 19th July and if found on the ground around the tower, the fledgelings should be left where they are, unless obviously injured or in immediate danger. They can appear clumsy on the ground but removal should be a last resort and should only be done by experts under licence.   If you have any worries, or see anything suspicious, please report to us via our social media channels @uol_sus or the estate’s helpdesk (0113 343 5555) or by emailing sustainability@leeds.ac.uk.

Most of the brooding and feeding is done by the female, while the male hunts.  The young should fledge at around 35-42 days, and are independent around two months later.  During this time, the adult peregrines will teach the young how to hunt and handle prey in flight.   Less than a third of peregrines reach breeding age, so we recently ringed our chicks in the hope that we’ll get reports in the future of our new arrivals!  The colour rings we used were black on orange and the weights and codes were as follows:

  • TAC – Weight, 550g
  • T7B  – Weight, 700g
  • TBC – Weight, 565g

Unfortunately they were too young to sex.

If you want to know more about the Peregrines, our corporate partners at the RSPB have a very useful webpage here that might help with some of the common questions, but if you have any updates that you would like to share, or have any other questions, please do so through our social media channels, or by emailing: sustainability@leeds.ac.uk