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Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 16:59 GMT
Pupils' bird's eye view of nest
Peregrine falcon
Video cameras are used to protect rare birds
A primary school in Devon has been given a live video link to a peregrine falcon's nest.

A steeplejack has been brought in to fix a digital camera at the base of St Michael's Church steeple in Ironbridge, near Exeter city centre.

A wildlife surveillance company, called eco-watch, is feeding footage through to a screen in the hall at nearby St David's First School.

Tim Cook, of eco-watch, said: "They can watch it while they are eating their school lunch, which may or may not be a good idea."

Images will also appear on a website.

Computer software to detect movement in the nest will trigger the camera to start filming.


We need the public to see how fabulous these birds are

RSPB spokesman
Peregrine falcons have been nesting on St Michael's tower for about 10 years.

The species' survival is threatened, though numbers in Britain are growing.

Devon-based eco-watch has set up cameras on nests before, but never in such a public location.

Earlier this year, surveillance cameras were installed in trees in England's Peak District to protect rare birds of prey from being disturbed.

A spokesman from the RSPB said: "We need the public to see how fabulous these birds are.

"These birds have been around for hundreds of years co-existing with their prey. People need to be educated about this."


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