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Springing into action- wildlife webcams capture nesting family of blue tits

16 Apr 2020 10:00AM

Students and academics from the University of Suffolk’s Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science degree have welcomed a family of blue tits to one of their nesting boxes. 

A webcam has been set up poised on the nesting box to monitor the comings and goings of the birds and to watch the progress of their chicks, once they hatch. 

Lecturer on the degree, Dr Mark Bowler, said “So far there are three eggs and we should get one every day now until they have a full brood. As our Wildlife students will know, these tiny birds can have surprisingly large broods – our competition is to guess just how many! When the eggs hatch, the birds will need to find hundreds of insects to feed their young - another reason to keep our gardens pesticide free. In fact, the rate at which birds feed their young can be an indicator of insect abundance in our countryside.” 

“We also have a larger nest box for peregrine falcons on University’s James Hehir Building, but these decided to nest elsewhere on the Waterfront, and these are part of an international program of remote cameras and microphones surveying wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and South African bush. But with these fieldwork projects also paused for the foreseeable future, we are grateful to our blue tits for giving us some remote wildlife viewing during the lockdown.” 

To watch the live feed of the nesting box, search for ‘University of Suffolk Wildlife’ on YouTube and subscribe to the channel or follow their progress on the course’s Twitter or Instagram pages @uoswildlife. 

To find out more about the BSc (Hons) Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science degree click here or take part in the University’s Virtual Open Day on Saturday 25 April. To register click here   

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