Nature notes

black cap
black cap

The time is almost upon us when our resident peregrine falcons eggs will be hatching on the eyrie.

Usually the first week of May is when they hatch but it has happened as early as April 26 in the past.

All the staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde reserve are keeping their fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly as it has in previous years.

Both adult peregrines have become more active while incubating the eggs.

They can be seen turning the eggs and constantly changing their position. This behaviour suggests that all is well with the development of the chicks, which are due to hatch at any time.

We have a lot of activity to look forward to after the chicks hatch compared to the relatively quiet incubation time.

Both falcons will hunt to feed their new young as they grow with the chicks then fledging around 42 to 46 days after hatching.

So why not come and see all these amazing steps as they happen from our peregrine watch point on the reserve.

With the prospect of seeing peregrine chicks, summer weather being right around the corner and all the fantastic nature here makes Falls of Clyde an ideal day out at this time of year.

Sightings of less common bird species are increasing with the better weather with reed bunting, blackcaps and sandpipers being seen recently on the reserve.

If you see any interesting wildlife while you are out and about then get in touch to let us know.

To book your place on any event, for further information on all wildlife issues or to report a sighting please contact the Scottish Wildlife Trust at our Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre at New Lanark on 01555 665262 or email fallsofclyde@swt.org.uk.