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UPDATE: 14/05/21 All four chicks seen having breakfast
UPDATE: 13/05/21 A prety cold and wet day but both parents did a great job keeping them warm and fed
UPDATE: 13/05/21 All four chick seen doing well tucking into breakfast
UPDATE: 12/05/21 10.00pm Amazingly the fourth chick hatched - full house!
UPDATE: 12/05/21 5.21am All three chicks doing well seen having breakfast
UPDATE: 11/05/21 11.34pm Third chick hatches
UPDATE: 11/05/21 2.55pm Beautiful moment of Dad bringing in the food for the chicks first meal fed to them by Mum
UPDATE: 11/05/21 11.06am Second chick has hatched
UPDATE: 11/05/21 7.40am First chick starts to hatch
UPDATE: 03/05/21 We are expecting to see signs of hatching this week so will be keeping our eyes peeled
UPDATE: 26/04/21 Both birds doing a great job taking care of the eggs and each other
UPDATE: 20/04/21 The birds have been named - Marley and Roy were selected from the children's naming competition submissions. Congratulations Brooke Prowse (aged 11) for your clever suggestion to name them after Marlow's twinned town Marly-le-Roi
UPDATE: 19/05/21 The pair take it in turns for incubation duty
UPDATE: 12/04/21 Some suprising snow this morning, but the female did an excellent job keping the eggs warm
UPDATE: 11/04/21 Full time incubation
UPDATE: 09/04/21 Egg number 4 arrived at 8.40am
UPDATE: 08/04/21 Female spending all her time on the eggs incubating, except to feed
UPDATE: 07/04/21 Egg number 3 arrived just after midnight
UPDATE: 06/04/21 Female on eggs the majority of the time
UPDATE: 05/04/21 Female on eggs the majority of the time
UPDATE: 04/04/21 Egg number 2 arrived at about 3pm
UPDATE: 03/04/21 Lots of time sat on the egg. Sometimes leaving to hunt/feed but not for long before returning. One of the birds will be keeping close to protect the egg.
UPDATE: 02/04/21 We have our first egg! A Good Friday indeed.
UPDATE: 01/04/21 Lots of feeding and scrape making activity
UPDATE: 31/03/21 Both birds seen feeding
UPDATE: 30/03/21 Both birds calling and feeding
UPDATE: 29/03/21 Pair seen feeding
UPDATE: 28/03/21 Both birds on spire
UPDATE: 27/03/21 BOth birds seen feeding and calling
UPDATE: 26/03/21 Both birds seen feeding and very vocal
UPDATE: 25/03/21 Both birds seen feeding on the spire
UPDATE: 23/03/21 Both birds seen feeding sending feathers down like confetti
UPDATE: 22/03/21 Both birds on the Church spire, mating behaviour witnessed
UPDATE: 21/03/21 Both birds spotted on the Church spire
UPDATE : 20/03/21 Both birds on the Church spire, mating behaviour and eating witnessed
UPDTAE: 19/03/21 Both birds on the Church spire, mating behaviour witnessed
UPDATE: 17/03/21 After a brief spell of no sightings, the male was seem on the Church spire
Wild Marlow has installed a new nesting platform for the pair of peregrine falcons living high up on the spire at All Saints' Church. On Saturday, 20th February, Verity West from Wild Marlow, Martin Teague from Blue Chip Security Ltd and Andrew Carter All Saints' Church Steeple Keeper, climbed approx 25m (82 ft) to the place where the birds have been living since 2019. This is a new pair in a new territory, and Wild Marlow is hoping that they will successfully breed.
Peregrine falcons can take three years to breed successfully as a new pair in a new territory. We hope we’ve given this pair a helping hand with their new specially-designed nesting platform. We’ve also installed a camera system so that we can study the birds and make sure they thrive.
All Saints' Church has been hugely supportive of Wild Marlow and our wish to help and monitor these fantastic birds. We’d also like to thank Bob Keene at Bisham Nest Box Group, who built and donated the box.
Peregrine falcons are super-speedy. Among the fastest animals on the planet, they can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour when 'stooping' — diving down on prey from a great height. They usually capture their prey mid-air, taking birds like feral pigeons and collared doves. The peregrine falcon is a Schedule 1 protected species of The Wildlife and Countryside Act and is the UK’s biggest falcon.
The camera monitoring system at the church has been generously donated by Blue Chip Security Ltd: https://www.bluechipsecurity.co.uk/
Bisham Nest Box Group can be found here: https://www.bnbg.org.uk/
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