Urban falcons are breeding again

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Peregrine falcons who’ve made their home close to Sheffield city centre are expecting again – with three eggs laid in their eyrie high above the traffic.

The pair have set up home on a special nesting platform at St George’s Church, off Broad Lane near one of the busiest roundabouts in town.

The arrival was captured live on a web cam set up by Sheffield University to monitor Yorkshire’s first urban breeding pair of peregrines.

It’s the third consecutive year the pair have laid eggs on the platform which was constructed by dedicated volunteers from the university and the Sheffield Bird Study Group. Professor David Wood said: “The pair have been very much in evidence around the church tower for a few weeks now, but there is always a bit of doubt as to whether they’ll get down to breed.”

The chicks are expected to hatch around the Easter weekend if all goes well.