Peregrines’ places

How often my heart has soared to see a peregrine in some wild place.  

I have many good memories: Tavy Cleave on Dartmoor,

Tavy Cleave

Tavy Cleave, May 2012

Alport Castles in the Peak District,

Alport Castles

Alport Castles, April 2015

the Jurassic coast in Dorset,

Coastal access 2

Jurassic coast, July 2012

Seaford Head in East Sussex.

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Near Seaford Head, September 2015

Usually I have seen the male, perched silently on a rock, suddenly to pounce on prey.

Today I saw a peregrine in a very different place.  I was in the centre of Aylesbury, in the busy market square, with my bins focused on the top level of the 12-storey, brutalist, Pooley’s tower—County Hall.

peregrine platform with circle

Pooley’s tower, May 2016. Nest circled in red

There the peregrine’s nest is boxed in with a perching ledge.  The male was sitting patiently on the sloping roof to the left, just as I had seen them in those wild places. Suddenly he was gone, to reappear seconds later with meat (a pigeon?) in his talons, which he carried to the nest.

There is a webcam run by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, which enables you to see inside the nest. Three chicks have hatched so far this year.

The peregrines seem entirely happy, but I found it bizarre to be watching them in such a busy, bustling environment, instead of where the only noise comes from the wind, the sea or a rushing river.

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Peregrines’ places

  1. Geoff Mullett says:

    ‘Our’ peregrines have returned to the church opposite our house for a second year. They produced 3 males last year and the first of hopefully 4 chicks is expected this weekend.
    I wrote a short account of their arrival last year, at:
    http://www.louthjazzclub.org.uk/peregrines.html

    Geoff

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