The first egg of 2019 was laid late on the 14th March, the 4th time in 9 seasons that the first egg has been laid on this date, and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, which monitors the birds on behalf of Nottingham Trent University, is hoping that more will follow and that 2019 will be a year of success rather than drama.
Speaking on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Last year the pair laid their 1st egg whilst we were all in the grip of the ‘Beast from the East’ and then we had drama of the female becoming egg bound. We were all very relieved when she pulled through, but in the end events took their toll and none of the eggs hatched successfully. Traditionally this nest has been very productive so we have our fingers crossed.”
Whilst the egg has been laid high on the University’s Newton Building smack in between Storm Gareth and Storm Hannah, the Trust remains hopeful of a return to form for the nesting site.