Two new cameras have been installed at the top of Export House in Woking, to allow greater insight into the lives of a pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting there, thanks to funding from Woking Borough Council.
In January 2016 a purpose-built nest box was installed for the birds, which had made their home on top of Export House, the tallest building in Woking, along with an internal web cam to record nest activity. The taloned duo moved straight in and successfully raised two chicks last spring.
The additional cameras will allow bird-watchers the chance to keep an even closer eye on the pair, with infrared sensitivity for night viewing. The current nest box webcam has also been adjusted to ensure that there are no reflections or noise disturbances to the birds.
Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks said: “The Peregrine Falcon project was a huge success with live footage being viewed across the globe. They are spectacular birds and it is a privilege to watch as they make their home in our town centre.
“These new cameras will allow wildlife watchers a bird’s eye view of the activity in the nest and ledges and give an even better insight into breeding habits of the species. I know we will all be keeping our fingers crossed for another success story in 2017.”
Peregrine Falcons have been recorded in the skies of Woking for at least the last 15 years however this is the first known pair to raise a clutch of eggs through to fledglings. To follow the Falcons’ progress in the spring and view last year’s footage from the cameras, visit www.wokingperegrines.com or on Twitter @wokingperegrine.
The Woking Peregrine Project is supported by partners, including Akiko web design agency, Arcom IT Support, Woking Borough Council and Woking Shopping.