Watch uni's falcons online again
BIRDWATCHERS are to be given another chance to see the lives of a pair of peregrine falcons close up.
The birds of prey – a protected species – have been nesting on Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building for more than a decade and raise a number of chicks each year.
The organisers of a webcam project are setting up their cameras again to capture the lives of the birds close up.
Changeable weather including heavy rain, low temperatures and high winds, resulted in the pair losing three of their four chicks last year.
Hundreds of thousands of viewers around the globe logged on to watch the drama unfold as the only remaining chick battled for survival in harsh conditions.
But after its mother provided much-needed shelter until the weather receded, the chick, later named Storm by webcam viewers, survived and flew the nest.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, which works with the university to protect the birds, believes that the warm spell of weather earlier in the year turned out to be the birds' downfall and is hoping that the cold spell of weather well into February and March this year will give them a better chance of survival, as long as the weather warms up soon.
To view the camera, go to www.ntu.ac.uk/falcons, or follow the links from the Wildlife Trust's website www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org