Welcome to the website of Bournemouth Peregrines.
Live nest camera 2020
The following local organisations have contributed to this camera project:
Bournemouth & Poole College
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council
Bournemouth Natural Science Society
Dorset Bird Club
Wildlife Windows Ltd.
Please follow their logo links to find out more about these organisations.
Peregrine image courtesy of Pete Walkden
News 9th February 2020
2019 was a disappointing year for the Bournemouth peregrines. A pair of peregrines were present in town during the 2019 breeding season but they had chosen a different site than the Bournemouth College clock tower. We believe the change in site was brought about by a new incoming male which had replaced the previous one. The pair were seen on St Michael's Church, approximately a mile from the college, and were behaving in every way to suggest breeding was being attempted. Dispite much observation from the ground no fledged chicks were seen in Bournemouth during 2019 so we believe the pair failed to breed unfortunately.
However, 2020 is looking very promising as it looks like the resident pair have returned to use the clock tower at Bournemouth College. Over the last few months either one or both birds have been seen regularly on the tower. Very recent observations by a local enthusiast and via the nest camera have shown pre-breeding courship and display behaviour. On 8th February the pair were observerd (via the nest camera) courting and scrape making in the nest tray. On the same day, from the ground, the pair were also seen flying in and around the tower while being very vocal with each other.
So, everything is suggesting the birds will breed in the clock tower in 2020. There is a new camera in the nesting area which will go live on this website by 21st February.
We expect egg laying to start 15th March onwards but it may be earlier as it has been such a mild winter....we'll see.
Both birds on the clock tower 27th Jan 2020 (David Wareham)
Female on the clock tower 8th February 2020 (David Wareham)
Male inside the nesting area 6th February 2020 (Jason Fathers, via the nest camera)
News 21st February 2020
Both adults have been seen displaying to each other on the nest tray and a snapshot was grabbed from the nest camera (below). In previous years first observed egg date has been from 15th March to 21st March so not long to go now.
First egg laid 1:11 a.m. 18th March 2020
Second egg laid 1:18pm 20th March (60h 7mins after first)
Third egg 6:29am 23rd March (65h 11mins after second)
Fourth egg 8:35pm 25th March (62h 6mins after third)