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Chick number three

We now have three chicks, with the final chick to hatch.

Peregrine Falcon chicks
The third Peregrine Falcon egg hatched on Monday, April 24 (stock image)

Chick Number Three
We are very happy to report that at chick number three hatched at 21:16 on the 24th April, this just leaves the fourth and final egg to hatch. The falcon cam is now becoming more interesting with Mrs P and Archie bringing in food to feed the chicks; this has mainly consisted of Nottingham’s population of feral pigeons.
Feral pigeons are a sub-species of rock dove (Columba livia) which is the wild ancestor of all domestic and feral pigeons, within the UK the final pure rock doves are found along the cliff faces of north and west coast of Scotland. Due to this natural habitat preference of cliff faces feral pigeons are right at home in our towns and cities as tall buildings make a very suitable alternative. This is one of the reasons why so many peregrine falcons have made their home in the towns and cities of the UK, as the feral pigeons provide and plentiful and almost never ending food supply.

Grizzled Skipper Butterfly
One of the projects we at the Conservation Society have been working on over the winter months has been Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group’s Grizzled Skipper Project. The Grizzled Skipper Butterfly is found in parts of Wales, southern England and extends up to Nottinghamshire. Overall their population is declining, to combat this the action group set about creating suitable habitat for the butterflies to lay their eggs. In Nottinghamshire they are mainly located on post-industrial sites such as disused railway lines and disused quarries, currently the workforce is made up of volunteers with the Conservation Society providing a large number to carryout management of these sites so they are suitable for the butterfly. In early summer surveying of the sites takes place and have shown a positive reaction in numbers of the managed sites. Helping local conservation groups with projects such as this is very important for the society as it allows our members to gain valuable experience out in the field gaining skills which they can use in the future. More about this project can be found on Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group’s website.

Chris Bridges
NTU Conservation Society

Chick number three

Published on 27 April 2017
  • Category: Environment and sustainability; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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