Nest Camera on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sparrowhawks

The live video from the Sparrowhawk nest in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh has now been switched off: the three chicks have flown the nest.

The nest camera went live on the 29th May 2013 and showed a sparrowhawk nest in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. This was the third year we had a live-interpreted sparrowhawk nest camera in the RBGE. Sparrowhawks tend to nest in the Garden every year; sometimes the gardens can support two breeding pairs of these wonderful birds. Songbirds are the main prey of sparrowhawks. Therefore, the Gardens and the surrounding area must have a healthy population of smaller birds and their preferred food sources in order to support this top predator.

The project is the result of a partnership involving the RSPB, the RBGE, Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group and the Scottish Seabird Centre.

The video below shows edited clips of the Sparrowhawks nesting in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2012.

2012 was a very wet and difficult summer for the resident sparrowhawk family at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. 3 of the chicks successfully fledged despite the trials and tribulations they faced. Take a look at some of the highlights from this season.