A live webcam is streaming footage of protected Peregrine Falcons for the first time. Three eggs have already been laid on the Civic Centre roof and are likely to hatch in the next month.
This incredible footage is available for everyone to watch as it happens on the council website, giving residents a fascinating insight into the movements of the fluffy chicks and adults.
Last year four chicks successfully hatched on the 14 storey roof of the Civic Centre in Morden, with staff on high alert in case there were any problems with them in the early days. A CCTV camera was installed to monitor the falcons during the fledging period in June whilst the chicks’ wings and feathers develop and become strong enough for flight.
Peregrine Falcons have been nesting on the roof of the Civic Centre since 2015 and they are monitored by the council alongside the London Peregrine Partnership.
The female normally lays three or four eggs in late March or April, which hatch about a month later. The chicks fledge at 38 to 44 days old. The adults then spend two months or more teaching the young to hunt before they become independent.
Council leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Having a live webcam providing around-the-clock footage of our feathered friends will give a valuable and fascinating insight into their activities on the Civic Centre roof.”
View the live webcam 24 hours a day by visiting the website at www.merton.gov.uk/falcons
Notes to editors
The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird in the world and is able to reach speeds of up to 200mph when it swoops in flight.