Monday 1 May 2023

WiFi link

 The WiFi link is up and running. This will allow you to see live pictures from one of the cameras which are watching the peregrines 24/7. It works on Android phones, but doesn't seem to work on an iPhone.

Here are the instructions on how to connect to it.

Standing in the churchyard at the east (Gander Lane) side of the Abbey, somewhere near the copper beech tree, turn on your device's WiFi and search for a network called "falcons". Connect to this and use the password "peregrine" (all lower case). Your device will probably complain that there is no internet connection, but this is correct.

Now run your broswer (eg Chrome) and in the search/web address box enter ""

This should bring up this page

 In the User Name box enter "guest" (all lower case) and in the Password box enter "Peregrines" (note the capital 'P')

This will bring up the following page.

In the top left corner of this page zoom in to the little circle next to the text "C1" and tap/click on it.

This will bring up a page with the camera video rather squashed in the corner like this.
At the bottom, locate the view selector and tap/click on it to select the single image view.

And you might like to maximise the view by selecting this button

  All being well, if you hold your phone in a landscape orientation, it ought to look like this.
Depending upon the aspect ratio of your device, the image may be slightly scretched or compressed. I haven't found a way around this yet. Note that this is not the same camera as you might have seen on Facebook.

Please be aware that this is only a temporary setup which I've lashed together for 2023's breeding season. Hopefully next year, it will be available globally on YouTube and with higher quality camera video.
Warning - Peregrine falcons are wild birds which catch and eat other birds. There may occasionally be unpleasant scenes while the adult birds feed the chicks.

Monday 20 March 2023

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Saturday 21 May 2022

Two chicks!

 Of the 3 eggs, 2 chicks have hatched and are growing very fast!

Here they are at nearly 3 weeks old having a stretch.

Sunday 1 May 2022

WiFi link

I’ve set up a temporary WiFi link so that it is possible to view the live camera video on your device. This is only available by standing in the Abbey Lawns next to the copper beech tree by the east end of the church.

Search for the WiFi signal called “falcons” and connect to it. The password is “peregrine” (with a lower case 'p')

Now launch an internet browser and enter “

This will bring up a log in page. Enter “guest” as the username and the password is “Peregrines”. (note capital 'P')

At the top of the screen, under “Embedded Net DVR”, there are the words “Camera 01” with a small black dot to the left of it. Select this black dot and the live video should appear.

 On devices with a tall screen, eg phones, the picture is stretched, and I can’t find a way to correct this.

I’ve tested it on an iPad and Android phones, and it seems to work if the apps are kept up to date. It may not work on older devices or those which have out of date apps.

This is only a temporary setup. Hopefully something better will be in place for 2023.

Please bear in mind that these are wild birds which catch and eat other birds. There may be scenes which some people find upsetting.

Friday 1 April 2022

Three eggs!

 The breeding season is now well under way and the peregrines are now sharing incubation duties for 3 eggs so far.

In this video you can see (and hear) that it is time for a change-over with CR having done his stint, Bella takes over again.


 I will only update this page every now and then. Go to "Tewkesbury Abbey Peregrines" on Facebook for more recent news.

Sunday 16 January 2022


 The two adult birds are shaping up nicely for this year's breeding season.

However it's touch and go whether a new tray will be ready in time. The steel framework is still being made and then the new wooden tray then needs to be built around it. A plan B is being considered...

Friday 17 December 2021

A juvenile visits

Apologies for the lack up updates recently. There hasn't been much happening, so you haven't missed anything.

This is a still picture captured by the video camera on the tower the other day.

 It is one of the two females who fledged last summer - P4N.

 The camera has also seen the adult pair displaying to each other, so for the moment at least, there are three peregrines on the Abbey.

Saturday 19 June 2021

P7N fledging (twice!)

 Unlike P4N, there's better news about her sister P7N.

Of the two, P4N had a better first flight. Here's how P7N left the tray...

 Not very elegant!

Mind you, she managed to fly back the following morning and spent most of the day on the tray.

The next time she left the tray was also unplanned...


The good news is that she seems to be OK, and was spotted on the top of the tower the following evening.

Let's hope she will survive her first year and go on to find a mate and breed elsewhere.

Friday 18 June 2021


 The last video wasn't too clear as to whether P4N flew back to the tray. I suspect that what actually happened was that she managed to cling to the sloping stonework to the side of the tray and what the camera saw was her arriving back.

There's no doubt this time that she is able to fly!!!

 She ended up grounded in a garden on the other side of the Abbey a little later, and had to be rescued by the Vale Wildlife Hospital at Beckford the following morning.

When she was looked at by the vet, it turns out that she had received an injury and which left her blind in one eye. This meant that she will unable to be returned to the wild and hopefully will find somewhere to live as part of a captive breeding programme.

Monday 14 June 2021


 It's not possible to see exactly what's happened here, but it looks like P4N has just flown back to the tray. She certainly wasn't there a few minutes earlier as P7N has just been fed alone by the adult female Bella.


Hopefully more behavior like this will be seen over the next few days...


Sunday 30 May 2021

Just two chicks now.

On Monday 24th May, licensed BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) ringers handled and ringed two of the chicks, both females. Each chick was given a unique metal ID ring (right leg) and an orange colour ring (left leg). The orange ring codes were P4N and P7N

They were then measured and weighed, coming in at 879g and 824g respectively. For 21 days old they were very well fed - we have been monitoring their prey which includes mostly starlings and feral pigeons.

Volunteers from the British Mountaineering Council helped access the nest and chicks. Sadly, despite the fact that the ringing was carried out at exactly the approved time in terms of the chick's age, and the climber carefully abseiling to the nest location slowly and carefully, one of the chicks (highly unusually) moved away from the nest tray and fell, sadly not surviving the fall.

Naturally such an event is taken very seriously and all procedures have been reviewed to ensure this is minimised at any future nests.

The lead ringer present on Monday is one of the most experienced Peregrine workers in the UK and has ringed 350 chicks in 14 years; this is the first casualty (0.3%) arising from such intervention. The good news is that next year our nest tray will be replaced with a much wider and deep nest tray which will be safer for the chicks.

The ringing of the chicks contributes to a wider study - we know that some chicks, especially males, from Gloucestershire stay local while others, especially females may move into the Midlands and further afield. The females head off further afield looking for males in new territories to avoid inbreeding. It will be interesting to know if these two chicks are re-sighted and if so where they end up. 


Friday 21 May 2021

Well fed

 At nearly three weeks old, the three chicks are thriving and are growing rapidly. Have a look at the sizes of their crops!

Their feathers are starting to show through.


Saturday 15 May 2021

Cuteness overload!

 The chicks are now 12 days old and as you can see are growing fast.

 The adult birds don't need to brood them all the time now, in fact they are too big to fit under CR although Bella can just about do it.

Monday 10 May 2021

Growing fast.

 The three chicks are doing very well and are growing fast.

 It's "time" for a mummy cuddle!

Friday 7 May 2021

A bundle of fluff!

 What appears to be a bundle of fluff is actually three newly hatched peregrine falcon chicks!

Here is a clip of their dad CR keeping an eye on them.

It's usually the female who does the brooding while the male brings in prey, so it is actually rather unusal to see dad doing this. 



 All three eggs have now hatched!

Hatching took place on the 3rd and 4th of May.

Here is a video of CR brooding them, and you can see the chick just emerging from the egg nearest the camera.


Saturday 24 April 2021

On the radio!

 I've been on the radio!

BBC Radio Gloucestershire got in touch for an interview, and I was happy to oblige.

You can hear it at HERE

Go to 45 minutes into the programme for my bit!

(It should remain available for a few weeks.)

You will hear from the programme that we now have three eggs.

Here is a photo of a changeover.

Hopefully, I'll be able to obtain some videos soon.

Friday 9 April 2021


 Incubation is well under way.

Here is Bella looking after her four eggs.

Only about 3 weeks to go now...

Monday 5 April 2021


 There are now four eggs being incubated!

This is more than in any previous year, and if all goes well, it's going to be very crowded on the nesting tray in a few weeks time.

Here is Bella leving the tray on Easter Day revealing what she has been sitting on.

The times and dates that each egg was laid are :-

Egg #1 = 12:40 on 26/3/21

Egg #2 = 22:30 on 28/3/21

Egg #3 = 06:30 on 31/3/21

Egg #4 = 01:00 on 4/4/21

Saturday 27 March 2021

Breeding season 2021 under way!

 The first egg of the 2021 breeding season has been laid, on or about the 26th March. This makes it the earliest that an egg has appeared on the Abbey tower.


If things follow the same way as in previous years, we can expect three eggs, laid about 2-3 days apart. Incubation is about 29-32 days from the day the last (or penultimate) egg is laid, so this will put hatching at about May 1st.

 Watch this space!