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Colchester Sixth Form College

Peregrine Watch in Colchester (Photo Sean Nixon)

The Sixth Form College on North Hill is running a series of Peregrine Watch events later this month, inviting members of the public to enjoy spectacular views of the falcons nesting on Colchester’s historic water tower, Jumbo.

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Peregrine Watch in Colchester (Photo Sean Nixon)
Peregrine Watch in Colchester (Photo Sean Nixon)

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28 May 2022, 10:00 – 13:00

Colchester Sixth Form College, North Hill, Colchester CO1 1SN, UK

About the event

PEREGRINE WATCH RETURNS TO THE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

The  Sixth Form College on North Hill is running a series of Peregrine Watch  events later this month, inviting members of the public to enjoy  spectacular views of the falcons nesting on Colchester’s historic water  tower, Jumbo.

The  College started Peregrine Watch in 2018, with the help of bird of prey  expert Peter Merchant.  Every year since then students and staff have  kept a close eye on the nest site and helped out when the fledglings  have run into trouble on leaving the nest.

Each  year has added to knowledge about the birds’ habits and life cycle.   Analysis of the feathers found under Jumbo has revealed the rich and  varied diet of the falcons, from Starlings and Wood Pigeons to Teal and  Golden Plover.  Recently, one of the 2017 fledglings was found dead on  the roof of Charing Cross Hospital in London after it tried to muscle in  on that site’s established pair.

Assisted  by students from the College and members of the Colchester Natural  History Society, Peter will share his unparalleled knowledge of the  Peregrines’ journey from the edge of extinction in East Anglia. Scopes  and binoculars will be provided to get the best possible views of the  birds. Peregrine Watch will take place at the College so please follow the signs to the viewing point from the entrance on North Hill.

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