Success – after nearly four hours of hard work – the Peregrine box is installed on Cromer church tower – just the roof to go on. From left to right, Kim, Chris, Tim & Zoe
The big bird news locally is that, following a joint site assessment of Cromer church by NENBC / Hawk & Owl Trust on Thursday, and a meeting of the Parochial Church Council that evening, approval has been given to instal a temporary nest-box for the Peregrines! With absolutely no time to lose (the birds have already been mating for two weeks) Zoe, from H&OT, did a fantastic job by sourcing a box overnight and we installed it on Friday morning! Unfortunately, being somewhat larger and grander than the original proposal – a dog basket with gravel in the bottom – it got stuck two thirds the way up the tower! Eventually we had to admit defeat and saw it in half, in situ, then reassemble it on the roof. Tomorrow we are making a return visit and, if all is well, installing a live video link into the church. We’ve already recruited thirty NENBC member volunteers interested in staffing a watch point, should the birds oblige by producing some off-spring.
The box, firmly wedged, near the top – requiring major surgery!
..and the point of all this – these fabulous bird! Photo courtesy Bob Cobbold