Jumbo Bird Spotting Open to Public at 6th Form College

Here’s something a little different: Colchester Sixth Form College is kindly inviting local residents to view the peregrines nesting at the top of Jumbo.

Blimey.

The idea has come from staff member and nature lover Michael Padmore.

A similar scheme was set up last year for staff and students in the biology prep room. This has the best viewing point aligned to the top of everyone’s favourite rotting Victorian water tower.

It was possible to see the young peregrines being fed and learning to fly if you were patient enough.

Michael is now keen to open up this spectacle to the wider Colchester community. Five dates have been set aside for public viewing sessions:

21st April

5th and 26th May

16th and 30th June

Peregrine lovers are being invited along between 10am – 1pm.

A gazebo will be set up along the grassy bank above Balkerne Hill. It all sounds very JFK, but probably with a far better outcome.

Student volunteers are involved, along with experts from the Colchester Natural History Society and Essex Wildlife Trust.

Wivenhoe artist Richard Allen will be helping the art students to sketch the birds. ‘A’ Level photography students will be snapping away.

This is a very generous offer from Michael and the Sixth Form.

Make the most of the peregrines. We’ll miss them when Darius and the boys get to build their restaurant in the sky.

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