TWITCHERS have a chance to keep their eyes on a pair of peregrine falcons nesting in a built-up area of Birmingham.
A BBC web camera has been installed at Fort Dunlop in Castle Bromwich - where the birds have bred since 2002 - to capture images for viewing by internet users.
The peregrines have now made their home in a recently installed nesting box on the top floor of the redeveloped former tyre factory - within swooping distance of the M6 - and the webcam has picked up an egg.
Louise Pedersen, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said: “We were all waiting with baited breath to see if our city peregrines would breed again this year and were so relieved and excited to see the egg when we checked the ‘nestcam’ footage.
“People never fail to be wowed by the news that one of the fastest and most powerful hunters on the planet lives just above their heads. To an urban peregrine, a tall building like an office block or church offers the same benefits as a cliff face - it is high, safe from danger and the surrounding areas offer a ready supply of food. Pigeons are easy prey.”
Live images from the ‘nestcam’ will be broadcast on the BBC website (www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham) until mid-July and footage can also be viewed at the RSPB’s Date With Nature stand in Birmingham’s Victoria Square from April 4.