Plymbridge Woods, in Devon, England have had a ‘Peregrine Watch’ since the year 2000, after the resident Peregrine Falcons were poisoned. Every year since teams of volunteers dutifully keep watch over the resident falcons from March through to fledging in late June/July and beyond. With this watch in place and the kindly donated telescopes that are provided, the general public get to witness the full breeding cycle, from initial mating through to young eyasses being taught to hunt. It is a unique location as Cann Quarry viaduct, a disused GWR railway bridge across the river Plym provides an eye level view into the eyrie.
Depending upon where the birds choose to nest, we can be watching from as little as 100 yards away. This gives people the opportunity to observe without causing any disturbance. Peregrines are are known to have used this quarry for over 50 years now and most years since the watch started they have been successful in raising offspring.
This year is different, as the Adults are joined by last years Tiercel, who remains on site, begging food from the adults and showing no sign of catching his own prey. He is tolerated, but for how much longer, as now attentions turn to the newly hatched chicks.
Please come and visit this unique site and enjoy a wonderful walk through the woods and along the river.