I like going to County Hall, Bucks County Council’s headquarters in Aylesbury, in the spring because there is the chance of seeing a peregrine.
They often nest near the top of the 12-storey Pooley’s Tower, the brutalist slab in the heart of the town, where a nestbox has been placed. Known as Pooley’s Folly, the building, which was designed by Bucks County Council architect Fred Pooley, is now grade II listed.
I was at a meeting called by Bucks County Council on the 11th floor, just below the peregrine’s nestbox, so I kept my eyes open.
I didn’t see one during the meeting, but as I was about to enter the car park I saw a male flying calmly overhead.
It’s good that such an ugly building has proved such an excellent nature reserve.