Our famous Peregrine Falcons have been nesting in the vicinity of the College since at least 2012, and in 2014 they successfully raised a brood of five youngsters. Usually Peregrines have three or four young, so five is rather special. The Tiercel, or male Peregrine can be seen on the roof for most of the year. The Falcon (female) returns each year to breed. In 2016 she returned in October.
Watch some of the incredible footage of the falcons on YouTube.
The eggs are usually laid in late March/early April and take between 30 and 33 days to incubate and the young fledge after about another 44 days. They are still dependant on the adults at this stage as they are taught how to hunt. The female is much larger than the male and the birds have a wingspan of about 120cm.
Tony Duckett (part of the LPP) is a regular visitor to the protected nest site.
Newsflash: The first egg for 2017 was laid at 14.41 on 20th March.