Raptor Watch

This month we are particularly interested in sightings of “Raptors” – birds of prey.  A few decades ago, most species of birds of prey were persecuted very badly and their numbers crashed.  However, recently, numbers have started doing well again, and different species are spreading across the country.  Raptor Watch is a chance for us to find how birds of prey are doing across Nottingham City!
Peregrine image © Sean Brown

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What’s happening with Raptor Watch

Inspired by our city peregrines, Wildlife in the City wants to know what other birds of prey are in Nottingham City centre. 

We will add your sightings to the map on here, to see the spread across the city. 

We are lucky that birds of prey are recovering from a difficult time of persecution, and now we are able to see them in virtually every part of the city - but which species come near you?

Buzzards are often seen soaring in the sky in big wide circles; sparrowhawks sometimes visit gardens, parks and woodlands; and kestrels often hover over fields, parks and roadverges.

Birds of Prey are a top of the food chain predator - the fact that birds of prey visit the city area is a sign that we have a healthy foodchain and are encouraging a good range of wildlife.

Get involved! Add you own sighting by completing the form on the right hand side of this page!

Visit our Urban Wildlife pages for information on how to identify your raptor.

Or, download the Bird of Prey Detective Spotting Sheet here!

 

Click here to see Peregrine Cam for yourself.

 

2 Buzzards

2 Buzzards

2 common buzzards seen by JD Rashid over Lenton Abbey on 28th August 2012.

Image © Sean Browne

 

Raptor Watch

2 Hobbys, a kestrel and several buzzards

Lots of birds of prey seen around the Holme Pit area, Clifton village - including a pair of hobbys flew out of the woodland.  Seen by Phil and Lucy, July 2012.

5 Buzzards

5 Buzzards

5 buzzards - potentially including juvenilles seen by Wildlife in the City volunteers on a wildflower training session at Bulwell Hall Park.  19th August 2012.

Image © Sean Browne

Buzzard

Buzzard

Buzzard seen by Celia Berry, out of the Victoria Leisure Centre window.  Seen while Celia was doing backstroke in the swimming pool on 9th August 2012.

 

Image © Sean Browne

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kestrel seen hovering over Bulwell Hall Park.  Seen by Lucy, 2nd May 2012

Image © John Smith

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Tawny Owl

a pair of tawny owls seen on 30th April 2012

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk seen on 26.04.2012 by Marc Hallam, on a line post in garden!

Image © John Smith

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

1 sparrowhawk spotted by Nicola, 14th April 2012.

Image © John Smith

5 Buzzards

5 Buzzards

5 buzzards seen together by mark Peel over Wilford Hill Cemetery. 12th April 2012.

Image © Sean Browne

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk seen by Marc Hallam in the garden.  17th April 2012.

Image © John Smith

Buzzard

Buzzard

Common buzzard seen soaring high over Haydn Road by John Knifton, 10th April 2012.

Image © Sean Browne

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk seen by D Winn in the garden, 13th April 2012.

Image © John Smith

2 Sparrowhawks

2 Sparrowhawks

2 sparrowhawks seen by Debbie Beet, 9th April 2012.

Image © John Smith

2 Buzzards

2 Buzzards

Seen at Colwick Woods by Chris Golightly, 9th April 2012

Image © Sean Browne

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

Spotted by the Wildlife in the City team above Rosslyn Park Primary School. 20th March 2012

Image © John Smith

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circa 6 buzzards, 2 kestrels, a pair of hobbys

a very busy day spying birds of prey over Holme Pit and Clifton Woods, by Lucy and Phil surveying the area.

sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk

sparrowhawk seen by L Barnes near the Train Station on 5th November 2012

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon seen by Gregory Pos in his back garden in Woodthorpe eating a pigeon on 29th November 2012

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Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk seen by Marc Hallam in a garden on Keswick Street on 4th march 2013

 

Peregrine cam 2012

Running time 12.33 min

Peregrine cam 2012

Footage taken on Valentine's Day 2012 - the day our Peregrine webcam went live! Footage courtesy of Nottingham Trent University. Watch Peregrine Cam Live NOW (24hrs, between February and June 2012) Visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/peregrinecam

The Peregrine

Running time 7.47 min

The Peregrine

This video is an edited version of a wonderful cine film made by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust member Ralph Paulger in the 1970s. It gives a fascinating insight into the life of the majestic peregrine falcon and provides a fascinating contrast with

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