Nottingham peregrine falcons hatch first egg of 2016

Watch: The female falcon has been seen surrounded by broken egg shell

A pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the roof of a Nottingham Trent University building have hatched their first egg of 2016.

The birds of prey set up home on a ledge at the Newton Building on Goldsmith Street every spring and a live webcam tracks their progress.

Millions of people tune in to the feed, which also features live on Notts TV and has built a cult following since it was launched in 2002.

In total 28 falcon chicks have fledged from the site – meaning the nest has made a big contribution to the welfare of the birds nationwide.

The first egg of 2016 is believed to have hatched around 12 noon on Friday.

The first of what is expected to be a total of four chicks have also been glimpsed in a picture shared on Twitter by university staff and Notts Wildlife Trust, which monitors the birds.

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