THE STORY SO FAR
We are privileged and excited to have a pair of peregrine falcons nesting on our church bell tower.
The falcons were first sighted around the town centre in 2019, and in early 2020 members of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club visited the tower to see what could be done to help the birds settle and breed. They laid some gravel and cleared away some pigeon deterrents. We also discussed plans for a breeding platform for the following season but then Covid hit......
In 2021 the pair laid a single egg but sadly it was infertile.
a NEW HOME
Fast forward to 2022 and thanks to Buckinghamshire Bird Club supported by Tricia & Robert Newton our tower captains, a temporary nesting platform has been placed on the east side of the tower. This is out of the prevailing wind and will provide protection from harsh sunshine (when it arrives!)
The pair are flying about and calling to each other and are eating well on pigeons, moorhens and blackbirds amongst other birds.
We are very grateful to Dave Parmenter, Mike Wallen and their team for funding and building the platform and for completing the installation at the top of the tower accessible only by very narrow and winding steps.
CATCHING A GLIMPSE
The falcons are sometimes visible from the churchyard but it you would like a view from somewhere the same level as the tower, it is worth trying Priory Avenue which is accessible from Castle Place opposite the Castle Street entrance to the churchyard.