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May 27, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Yellow Rattle Success at Shapwick Moor Reserve

An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of trying the reserve has successfully grown Yellow Rattle which is currently in flower! Simon updates us with the good news: ‘Last year volunteers collected seeds of Yellow…
May 19, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and wild garlic flowers are making way for fresh green canopies and unkempt flora that will see us through summer. Lambs are jumping for joy and bleating away at the…
May 13, 2020
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Covid 19 - Update

Update on the 13th May. The Trust welcomes the government’s announcement this week to restart the economy. We are continuing to monitor the situation, but Sculthorpe Moor Nature reserve will remain shut for public access at this present time as well as the…

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May 10, 2020 508
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Nigel Middleton YouTube Update on Sculthorpe Moor

Apr 04, 2020 634
Nigel Middelton updates us on life at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve during this, our…

Lockdown Wildlife Encounters

Apr 04, 2020 723
What a whirlwind of events! We’re almost two weeks into lockdown here at the Hawk and Owl…

Two New Ponds for Shapwick Moor!

Mar 20, 2020 586
The excavation of two ponds is progressing well on Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve. After a…

Bath Peregrines 4th Egg

Mar 20, 2020 1192
The Bath Peregrines falcon laid her fourth egg of the 2020 season at 12:02 today, 20…

Coronavirus Update - Reserves Remain open 18/3/20

Mar 18, 2020 625
Coronavirus update from the Hawk and Owl Trust 18/3/20 ⭐We are open!⭐Sculthorpe Moor…

Coronavirus Update - Hawk and Owl Trust Reserves, Events and Activities

Mar 17, 2020 853
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Since 2006 a total of 38 peregrines have fledged successfully from the Bath Peregrines nest box.

Year
L/H/R/F
Gender (Blue Ring)

2006

4/4/4/4

Not Recorded

2007

?/2/2/2

M(AA) F(AB)

2008

?/2/2/2

u/k(AC) u/k(AD)

2009

?/1/1/1

F(AP)

2010

4/4/4/4

F(BZ) F(CA) M(CB) F(CC)

2011

4/3/3/3

M(CT) F(CV) u/k(CX)

2012

4/2/2/2

M(DR) F(DS)

2013

4/2/2/2

F(GA) M(GB)

2014

4/1/1/1

F(HG)

2015

4/3/3/3

F(JX) F(JY) M(JZ)

2016

3/3/3/3

M(KP) F(KR) u/k (believed M - not ringed)

2017

4/4/4/4

F(PW) F(PX) F(PY) M(PZ)

2018

4/4/3/3

M(TA) M(TB) F(TC)

2019

4/4/4/4

M(TR) F(TW) F(TV) F(TX)

2020

4/4/-/-

 

L/H/R/F = Laid / Hatched / Reared / Fledged

The current breeding tiercel at the site (Blue Ringed AA) was bred at Bath in 2007, and as is quite common with males he stayed into the following year.  In 2008 the adult pair bred successfully again but the male disappeared.  So, again nothing out of the ordinary, AA assisted with the feeding and rearing of the brood.  However, he stayed into 2009, and from then until 2013 he mated with his mother; not common, but not unknown.

In 2014 we had a change of falcon, the mechanism of which we didn’t see, and she has been the resident ever since.

This year:

The breeding pair’s courtship rituals were first observed on the camera system in late December 2019, and copulation was observed from Late January 2020.

Four eggs were laid on 13th (13:47), 15th (21:51), 18th (03:25) and 20th (12:02) March, and both birds shared the incubation.

All four eggs hatched between 20 and 23 April 2020 (20th (20:15), 21st (1841), 22nd (11:06) and 23rd (15:12), and in a change from previous years the falcon appears to be accepting the tiercel’s presence in the nest box. 

From the point of view of feeding, the eyasses essentially they go through four stages:

1 - they behave impeccably, sitting in front of the falcon waiting to be fed

2 - when they start filling out and can't all sit in front of the falcon, each will eat its fill and 'shuffle' to the back of the queue

3 - then they compete with each other for the food the falcon provides

4 - once the eyasses are feathered and mobile in the nest, mostly in the interests of their own safety the adults drop the food and run