Pooley’s peregrine

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.

peregrine platform with circle

Pooley’s Tower, May 2016. Peregrine’s nest circled in red.

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.

From 11th floor

The view east from floor 11 of County Hall, similar to the peregrine’s view from the nestbox

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.

Pooley tower

Pooley’s Tower from the car park

It’s good that such an ugly building has proved such an excellent nature reserve.

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4 Responses to Pooley’s peregrine

  1. Geoff M says:

    Four of the five Louth eggs have hatched in the past couple of days, so the adults will have their work cut out!

  2. That’s great news!

  3. histman says:

    That is an ugly building and the car park doesn’t look any better!

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