Peregrine falcon chicks in Nottingham

Local Patch Reporter Jack Perks visits Nottingham Trent University to observe peregrine falcon chicks being ringed. 

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The Nottingham peregrine falcons have been nesting on the Newton Building at Nottingham Trent University for the last 10 years. 

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Around this time of year the chicks need to be ringed to help ID them when they are older and track their movements.

This year, four chicks were ringed, with the biggest normally being female and the smallest normally being male.

Peregrine falcon numbers crashed in the 1960s due to the impact of pesticides. They have now increased slightly in numbers, to about 1,400 breeding pairs in the UK but their recovery in some areas is still held back by illegal persecution.

They carry one of highest standards of legal protection and if peregrines are disturbed or harmed, perpetrators can face fines up to £5,000 and even imprisonment.

Today, peregrine falcon populations in Britain are slowly recovering thanks to their protected status and the banning of dangerous pesticides.  

When the peregrine falcons started using the ledge of the Newton Building as a nest site a few years ago, Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust decided to install a camera for security reasons.

The aim was to stop egg thieves and protect the raptors from intruders.

Jack Perks interviews Andrew Lowe of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust about ringing peregrine falcons at Nottingham Trent University in this video. 

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Watch more video footage of the peregrine falcons.  

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BBC Wildlife wanted to find a new way to share some of our readers’ natural-history diaries with other wildlife enthusiasts, and Local Patch Reporters was born. 

Our 20 Local Patch Reporters for 2014 are aged from 10 to 64 and live from Dorset in the south to Shetland in the north.

Throughout this year they will be exploring and reporting on nature in their neighbourhood via online blogs.

Jack Perks is a local patch reporter from Nottingham

Local nature patch: Fairham Brook

I am a wildlife photographer and conservationist. I volunteer for several organisations by conducting surveys and recording my sightings. 

Wildlife aims for 2014: Hope to film all freshwater fish species in the UK and would like to visit the Farne Islands to photograph puffins underwater.