Bird's eye view

London Met welcomes three falcon chicks to their rooftop nest, which can be seen from the University’s live-streamed Falcon Cam.

Date: 02 May 2020

London Met is pleased to welcome three new arrivals to its community – peregrine falcon chicks, which are nested on the roof of the Holloway Road campus.

The chicks, from eggs thought to have been laid on Mother’s Day, hatched earlier this week, and can be seen from the University’s live-streamed Falcon Cam. Their parents are a five-year-old female and a nine-year-old male peregrine falcon. These adult birds mate for life and often return to the same nest each year during the breeding season.

London Met is keen to encourage urban wildlife and to contribute to the biodiversity of the city. Among the University’s other green and sustainability initiatives are the rooftop gardens at both its Islington and Aldgate campuses – for which Zanda Pipira, Sustainability Assistant, was recently named Islington’s Sustainability Champion in a borough-wide award category, for her role in developing them.  

Zanda said: “It has been a true joy to welcome peregrines back to the University at the beginning of March and we’ve been keeping an eye on the progress of the eggs since they were first laid several weeks ago and it’s fantastic to finally be able to welcome the newest members of the London Met family. Chicks and parents all appear to be doing well, and we hope we can count on them to keep an eye on the building while we are not able to be there.

“I would like to say thanks to the ITS team who were involved in creating a live stream connection for us to observe these beautiful birds and to CBRE and our infrastructure team for installing the camera and a nest. For any bird lover, this is a great opportunity to follow up peregrine falcon family latest developments’’.

London Metropolitan University is committed to the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development with the aim of reducing its environmental impact. Visit the Sustainability Biodiversity section for more information on biodiversity at London Met.

A falcon feeding its chicks
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