Welcome to the new wildlife blog for the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. We will be updating you on the progress of our pair of resident peregrine falcons nesting in the gorge and giving you updates on all the wildlife seen on the reserve. Peregrine falcons have been nesting here since 1997, and have so far fledged 34 chicks in total. We’re excited to find out how many more will be added to that total this year!
I’m Tom, the new Species Protection Officer for the peregrine falcons this year and will be updating you on the progress of the birds throughout the breeding season until the chicks fledge the eyrie (nest).
Last year we had an unusual time at the Falls of Clyde, five chicks fledged in total. We fostered three orphaned chicks from the wildlife crime unit; the chicks were hatched in incubation after someone was caught trying to smuggle the eggs to Dubai. The eggs were originally from Rhondda, South Wales. We had two chicks that hatched at the here but there was a difference of six days between the 1st and 2nd chick hatching. Unfortunately this meant the 1st chick was getting most of the food and it was decided to relocate the chick to another nest with chicks of the same age. It’s pretty lucky that peregrines don’t seem to be able to count. Our peregrine parents continued to feed four chicks on the nest that year even though only two had hatched from their own clutch!
Here’s a great picture of the four chicks, all grown up and fledged from the nest.
I’ll be writing another blog post very soon – but until then I hope you enjoy reading all about the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre, and the wildlife to be found here.
Tom – Species Protection Officer