Peregrine falcons

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A PAIR of peregrine falcons nesting on top of St George’s Church on the University of Sheffield campus - and a popular attraction on webcam - have laid their first egg of the new breeding season.

The nest platform was built in early 2010 thanks to university staff and volunteers and the Sheffield Bird Study Group.

Prof David Wood, of the Department of Hispanic Studies, who chairs the study group, said: ‘It’s really exciting to see that the peregrines have laid their first egg, within a few days of what we’d anticipated as a likely date. They clearly find the nest platform erected and maintained by the university to their liking, and all being well will lay a total of three to four eggs over the coming days.

“They’re a few days later than some other pairs with webcams, but given the weather that’s no bad thing, as late snow is seriously bad news for birds that have got the breeding season under way early.”

The peregrine blog on the study group website gets hundreds of visits, and there are almost 600 followers of a Twitter feed. To view the peregrines live visit http://efm.dept.shef.ac.uk/peregrine/