Wild Time


Feel the beat of spring

Be dazzled by bluebells

Harken to a bittern's boom

Seek a swooping sand martin

Pen poetry among daffodils

Sway with dancing grebes

Get sent packing by a grouse

Take a ringside seat

Track down a tiger

Watch a rare sky dance

Chatter with a natterjack

Enjoy the great rush north

Look up in awe

Shine a light on newts

Eavesdrop on a nightingale

Go spotting early orchids

Follow a sat-tagged osprey

Gape at hunting hobbies

Nurse a passion for purple

Scour riverbanks for Ratty

Tip-toe among fritillaries



Hail the success of avocets

Go batty as night falls

Bewitched by a buttercup

Play the summertime blues

Thrill to damsels and dragonflies

Go after Dartford warbler

Make a splash with gannets

Stake out a badger sett

Hurrah for the king

Rejoice in Manxie's chorus

Delight in a glow worm

Fall for THE fastest bird

Be spellbound by orchids

Journey to a seabird city

Exalt at a skylark's song

Party with the puffins

Lounge with a lizard

Haunt a churring nightjar

Head seawards on safari

Discover the rare spoonbill

Join the toadlet exodus

Spot our largest butterfly

Wear a hat for terns

Hunt woodland beauties



Admire our eager beavers

Marvel at migration

Forage for Autumn's bounty

Go nuts over squirrel nutkin

Ramble through purple

Gaze in awe at reds' rut

Wander in the wild wood

Cheer on the salmon run

Try a wild goose chase

Foray for fungi



Pay homage to the Russians

Go on a winter ghost hunt

Wonder at wintering waders

Fall in love with a seal pup

Hear Britain's tallest bird

Revel in roosting wagtails

Kiss beneath mistletoe

'Ooh' & 'aah' at murmurations

Lie in wait for an otter

Rock 'n' roll with geology

Wrap up for a raptor roost

Fall for THE fastest bird

Peregrine falconPeregrine falcon © Steve Waterhouse

The peregrine – the fastest bird in the world - has found a place to live in the middle of our cities.

The peregrine has experienced something of a renaissance...

The peregrine falcon epitomises wildness; a powerful hunter that specialises in catching birds. Swooping down onto its prey at high speed, the peregrine is the fastest animal on the planet having been clocked diving at a mind-boggling 242 miles per hour! Once a bird of wild places, of windswept moorlands, of craggy mountain tops and of remote coastal cliffs, the peregrine has experienced something of a renaissance during the 21st century, and nesting birds have developed a taste for urban high rise living.
Replacing cliffs and mountain ledges with cathedral spires and power station window ledges, you are now probably more likely to see a peregrine in town than you are out in the wilds, where it still suffers from persecution.

How to do it

Many of our cities now have their own pair of nesting peregrines, with peregrine pairs resident on such iconic buildings as Durham Cathedral, the Arndale Centre in Manchester and Tate Modern in London. Derby, Sheffield, Cambridge, Norwich, Nottingham, Exeter, Southampton, Winchester and Bath are just some of the cities where peregrines are now a familiar part of the scenery. Just find the tallest building and look up! Or find out about special viewpoints that may be set up during the summer. Birds are most obvious during their noisy courtship early in the spring, and then through the summer as the adults bring food in to the growing chicks.

If you can’t get to the special places listed below…You can get up close and personal with nesting peregrines without having to leave the comfort of your laptop, by watching the antics of the pair who have nested on Derby Cathedral since 2006. The Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project is a partnership project involving Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and the project website has live footage streaming direct from the nest.

Meanwhile in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire County Council has a webcam on a peregrine nest on County Hall and elsewhere, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust have partnered Nottingham Trent University to provide webcam footage of another pair of urban nesting peregrines. Urban peregrines are definitely here to stay. When the nesting birds are sleeping, try reading “The Peregrine” by J A Baker, a classic.

Special spots

Derby, the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project runs free ‘peregrine watchpoints’ on Saturdays and Wednesdays between the middle of May and the start of July, with volunteers on hand on Cathedral Green behind the cathedral with telescopes and binoculars to give close up views of the nesting birds.

Herefordshire, follow the Wye Valley Walk which circles Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Doward reserves.

Lanarkshire, peregrine falcons nest from the end of March at Falls of Clyde. There is live interpretation from the People’s Postcode Lottery Peregrine Ranger and a self-guided peregrine trail.

London, gaze up at the Tate Modern or Charing Cross Hospital.

Peregrine falcon and chicks © Derek Moore