Nick Dixon, an urban peregrine falcon specialist, has just written and produced a brief history of the Exeter peregrines. An A5 booklet, with 24 pages comprising 7,500 words, 17 photographs and one illustration, is now for sale and available through Nick’s website, payment is simple via Paypal.
The purpose of this booklet is to raise the necessary funding to upgrade the current analogue camera to HD resolution and have it installed before the 2017 breeding season, which will provide much better images, hopefully attracting more attention to the St. Michael’s webcam and also raising the profile of the Exeter peregrines.
It documents first occupation in 1988, through successful breeding from 1997 to date, and includes changes in breeding ledge and resident adults, egg laying, hatching and fledging success, prey selection and diet plus interaction with other species in the locality.
Nick has monitored the peregrines since nesting on the St. Michael and All Angels church, Exeter since they first successfully bred in 1997. Nick collected fallen prey remains from around the tower on his first visit to the church in 1996, to determine what they had been feeding on. Nick continues undertaking weekly prey collections, in what is now the 20th year of the longest running study into prey selection and diet of urban nesting peregrines in the UK. He has watched 55 juveniles fledge from the church, observed hunting, changes in seasonal behaviour, replacement of resident adults, the fortunes of the young, interaction with other species and met many local people with a similar appreciation of the peregrine.
Please support Nick’s continued, dedicated work, click the image below to order your copy through Nicks website.