Springwatch – RAU style

We may be in the midst of our British autumn, but it is spring in the southern hemisphere and environmental students at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) are remotely monitoring the progress of an Australian breeding pair of peregrine falcons as part of the FalconCam Project.

Dr Ian Grange, Senior Lecturer at the RAU was closely involved in setting up this project along with Charles Sturt University colleagues Dr Cilla Kinross and IT Consultant Scott Banks. The nest box was installed in 2007 on a concrete water tower, high above the university. The peregrines took immediate advantage and have successfully fledged fifteen falcon chicks to date.

The first of two chicks of the 2017 season successfully hatched on the 1 October, coinciding perfectly with our new academic year. They are growing fast on a diet of pigeons, starlings and even parrots and cockatoos. All the drama can be watched live, night and day, via the two nest box mounted high definition cameras.

Find out more about the FalconCam Project. For more information about our FdSc Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management and FdSc British Wildlife Conservation foundation degree courses, please contact Ian.Grange@rau.ac.uk.