We've turned the cameras on just in the nick time! At 11.40 last night the female laid her first egg, just four days after the cameras went live.
The female stayed with the egg overnight, taking a break at just after 06.00 when her mate came in and took over. The pair won’t start incubating the egg yet, but they will sit on the egg for brief periods.
Incubation will begin in earnest after she has laid a full clutch (usually around 3 or 4 eggs). Eggs are generally laid at 2-3 day intervals. Once the female has laid her full clutch, she will sit on the eggs for 29-30 days before they hatch, which hopefully means chicks in late April.
All good news for the youngsters at St Martin’s Primary School Salisbury and Shrewton Primary School, who are trialing our Education team’s peregrine lesson plans. There should be lots for the children to do and learn this Spring.