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Further afield, there are many Nature Reserves owned and managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. If you wish to support the Peregrine Project by making a donation, there are currently three options: Either: Ring Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in office hours on (0)1773 881188 to make a payment using your debit or credit card (please specify Peregrine Project) or send a cheque made out to ‘Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’ and send it to: East Mill, Bridgefoot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH, clearly marking it ‘for the Peregrine Project’.Follow this external link for details and map of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves. You can also contact your bank and arrange for a money transfer to .
It is now possible to watch peregrines all year round at Derby, whether feeding and roosting on the tower, or raising young on the nest ledge from March through to June. The Peregrine Project is a joint partnership between Derby Cathedral, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Derby Museum and Art Gallery.Costing around £50, this telescope can be obtained at some local photographic outlets, but you do still need to buy a photographic tripod for it.For the price, its quality is superb though it cannot match those costing many hundreds of pounds.A pesticide called DDT - dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane was found to be the culprit.It caused thinning of their eggshells which then cracked during incubation.Derby lies in the centre of England, and the ancient stone tower of its cathedral dates back over 470 years.
Records suggest that peregrine falcons have roosted and hunted from the tower at many times over the centuries.
The female peregrine is considerably larger than the male. As the chicks grow rapidly during May there is an increase of activity around the nest, with both birds bringing back food.
One or both birds are usually “on guard” prior to egg-laying, but during incubation and brooding the female is rarely seen. This increases still further once the birds fledge (leave the nest), and then there are exciting acrobatic displays to be seen by watchers on the ground in Derby city centre.
Please note that our specimen is very old and that museums today do not condone or encourage the taking of any bird for display. Funding or material support for the web cameras came from many sources: Many small donations at Peregrine Watches; other anonymous gifts; Derby City Council's Wild Derby, Development and Tourism, Highways Department and ICT units.
Other nearby birdwatching opportunities include the nearby River Derwent footpath, going either upstream to Darley Park or downstream past the Council House and on to Pride Park. The peregrine project partners have high hopes for developing these webcam services in the years ahead as additional resources or sponsorship permit.
Important: Please see the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project blog for important news about the webcams.