University of Leeds Peregrines

Peregrines have been nesting intermittently on the Parkinson Tower since 2018. In that time, seven chicks have been successfully hatched and raised.

Leeds peregrines history

2020

A second camera was installed at tray-level.  Unfortunately, the Peregrines decided not to use our nest box in this year (probably due to a much quieter city in lockdown), but hopefully, they will return for 2021.

2019

Laying was a bit earlier than 2018, with four eggs being laid in March. All four had successfully hatched by the end of April.

In May, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust came to ring the chicks.  The rings were black text on an orange background. Detail as follows:

  • TCD – weight 725g
  • TAD – weight 675g
  • TBD – weight 525g
  • T7C – weight 700g

2018

The new tray and camera were successfully installed early in the year. In mid-April, the pair were seen on the tray and were mating.  Not long after, they were seen on the camera making a scrape and in early May we had our first eggs!  Three eggs were laid in total and all hatched in June.

At the end of June, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust came to campus to ring the chicks. The rings were black text on an orange background.  Detail as follows:

  • TAC, weight 550g
  • T7B , weight 700g
  • TBC, weight 565g

If you want to know more about peregrines read our blog post written by Paul Wheatley. Paul is a local birder, University of Leeds graduate and volunteer Ranger for the RSPB. Check out his Twitter account: @LeedsBirder.

Want to get involved?

Biodiversity is an ongoing process and we are keen for people to get involved in order to share their ideas and help shape how we do biodiversity on campus.

There are lots of ways to become part of the biodiversity community, including:

  • Monitoring and recording our campus wildlife, including birds, mammals, pollinators, and bats
  • Signing up to our annual BIG campus birdwatch
  • Getting involved in the Sustainable Garden activities
  • Helping us to record changes to the campus landscape, using our bespoke recording tool
  • Keeping an eye on our Peregrines via our webcam in the spring.

If you’d like to find out more about any of these activities, get in touch by emailing: biodiversity@leeds.ac.uk.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our biodiversity work is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 15: Life on land
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.