Our peregrines are starting to get a bit more active with their courtship displays. The tiercel (male) has been actively using last year’s ledge which is the favourite site for our peregrines. He will start to scrape the ledge, clearing it of debris and foliage that may have grown up over the past year hoping that the falcon (female) will choose it this year.
Our launch for opening the site this year is on Saturday 22nd March beginning in our visitor centre at 10am. We will start the morning with a talk from our reserves manager, learning all about our peregrines, followed by a chat from our peregrine ranger and then an update from the wildlife crime officer. We will also have our peregrine ringer with us to show us the equipment he uses to ring our peregrines, he will be doing a Q&A session for anyone who would like to learn more. Then at midday we’ll be guiding folk up to the watch site following our new peregrine trail (if you get all the answers you can receive a certificate at the end!).
The peregrine watch site will be open from 11:30am on Saturday closing at 8pm (or dusk whichever comes soonest). Normally the site will be open from 10am. We will be having digi-scoping workshops throughout the day and throughout the season for an extra donation you will be able to use our digis-coping attachment to take photos.
In our visitor centre we will be having children’s crafts and activities including making bird feeders, we will also be having a stalls including the sale of peregrine photos taken on site and a free introduction to photography workshop (TBC).
This is a free event open to all. It would be lovely to see you there.
Laura Preston – Scottish Wildlife Trust, Falls of Clyde Ranger