An innovative webcam project has captured the arrival of several new fluffy faces at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Late on Monday evening (11th June) and for much of yesterday (12th June) four of the six eggs, part of a Date With Nature project looking at the breeding season of sparrowhawks, began to hatch.
As well as providing a glimpse of the first chick, the cameras also captured the mother helping the chicks hatch by clearing and tidying the nest of egg shell. She can also be seen eating the empty egg shells, this not only clears them from the nest but also helps her replenish lost nutrients and calcium.
To watch live footage of the nest visit rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/278092-edinburgh-sparrowhawks
The project, believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Raptor Study Group and the Scottish Seabird Centre.