North East Wales

Peregrine falcon lays egg on Wrexham Police Station

Peregrine falcon (pic: Des James)
Image caption The birds have nested on the police station in Wrexham for the past four years

Telescopes and binoculars are at the ready in Wrexham to monitor a peregrine egg laid on the town's police station.

For the fourth year running Royal Society for the Protection of Bird (RSPB Cymru) staff and volunteers will monitor the nest allowing visitors a close-up view of the birds.

Last year the pair laid five eggs, three of which hatched and fledged.

The peregrine is the largest British breeding falcon with a wingspan of 95-110cm (37-43in).

This latest egg will be incubated in around 30 days with hatching due at the end of April.

"There peregrines are here all year around the city centre and returned to their traditional nest site at the start of the month," said Julie Rogers from RSPB Cymru.

"Last year the pair laid five eggs, three of which hatched and fledged - we hope the family will be as successful this year," she added.

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