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Edinburgh's Botanic Garden streams intimate life of birds

Sparrowhawk
Image caption The project will make available images of Scotland's smallest birds of prey

An intimate look at the breeding season of one of Scotland's smallest birds of prey has been set up on the internet.

A video camera has been placed in a sparrowhawk nest in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden.

The Date With Nature project has previously allowed visitors to the garden to watch images from the nest at the John Hope Gateway.

Now the video of the sparrowhawk pair in Edinburgh will be shared with the world as it is streamed online .

The initiative is project backed by the Botanic Garden, RSPB Scotland, the Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Claire Powell, the project officer, said: "Last year our cameras showed the highs and lows of the breeding season, from the arrival of six hungry chicks to the predation of our first nest.

"This year as we'll have footage streaming both at the John Hope Gateway and online we're urging hawk-eyed viewers to keep us informed when they see any interesting or exciting behaviour."

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