Peregrine chick raised in GHA block
Peregrine falcons raised what is thought to be Glasgow’s first ever peregrine chick in a housing association tower block.
The birds luckily left the block earlier this month as Glasgow Housing Association plans to demolish the Red Road multi-storey block over the next year.
Just over a year ago the peregrines set up home on the 24th floor of the 27-storey building at 10-30 Petershill Court.
Local resident Steven McGrath, who first spotted the birds, said: ‘I’d noticed the peregrines were spending a lot of time around the flats.
‘As the first block was due to be demolished I was concerned the birds might be at risk if they decided to nest within them, so I decided to contact RSPB Scotland and others for advice.
‘I’ve never heard of these birds breeding in Glasgow so I wanted to do everything I could to make sure they were successful.’
GHA and demolition contractor Safedem did try to move the adult peregrines funding a new purpose-built nesting box which they put on a nearby block of flats at Red Road.
But the birds stuck with their original home and laid two eggs in spring and volunteers of the Central Scotland Raptor Study Group helped to guard the nest.
Despite one egg failing at an early stage, the pair successfully raised one chick that left the nest on 12 July.
After leaving the nest, the young bird will continue to be fed by its parents for another four to eight weeks, after which it is likely to leave the area.
Toby Wilson, of RSPB Scotland, added: ‘The Red Road flats housed many new families in their time, so it’s fitting to see the first breeding peregrines in Glasgow join that list.’