ULB Solbosch, Brussels

50° 48' 50" NB , 4° 22' 59" OL

It is in the heart of the tower of building A, emblematic of the Solbosch campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that a couple of Peregrine Falcons has settled since 2019, overlooking at one side the campus, at the other the Bois de la Cambre

Located in the heart of Brussels, the Solbosch campus is one of the three Brussels campuses of ULB. With varied green spaces, located in the heart of the city or near natural areas, ULB manages veritable reservoirs for biodiversity that host remarkable trees, living collections of plant species and an incredible small wild fauna.

Convinced that sustainability is an imperative and a challenge for the globalized world, ULB has long made a series of commitments for a sustainable university, in tune with contemporary environmental, social and economic issues. The ULB is particularly committed to preserving and supporting the biodiversity of green spaces on all of its campuses.

This policy is reflected in particular in a differentiated management: complete elimination of phytosanitary products, diversification of species and management of invasive species, development of green roofs, principle of compensation in the event of felling, respect for nesting and flowering periods, etc. also supports measures to promote and raise awareness of respect for green spaces by campus users. The nesting of the Peregrine Falcons is therefore hailed as an engaging result of this policy of sustainable management of green spaces.

This approach will allow academics, researchers or students to analyze in more detail the life and diet of Peregrines during their nesting period. The analysis of falcon prey will ornithologists allow to feed their knowledge of other bird species living in Brussels.

Blog

15/04
Uccle’s two falcons have hatched!
The hatching of the 2 eggs of the Uccle Peregrine pair was expected last Wednesday after 32 days of incubation. The first chirps were heard on Thursday. Hatching was therefore imminent but... we had to wait until Sunday morning to see the first chicks emerge from the shell on its own! The second falcon chick broke free from its shell this morning, shortly before dawn.
12/04
See them in real life!!
This year we are once again offering you the possibility of observing by screen (GSM, tablet, PC, TV) 3 families of Peregrine falcons via camera/server/encoder/streamer, systems installed by real specialists, there in the tower of a cathedral, there behind the clock of a church, there at the top of the belfry of the historic building of a prestigious university! Each time it is a technical challenge and... a significant budget. Because obviously, the installations in question have nothing comparable to the webcam of a computer which allows you to chat with Aunt Christine seated in her armchair at the other end of the street! A huge thanks therefore to the institutions which welcome us, and which finance all the expenses linked to the Falcons for All program!
10/04
Eggs are chirping in Uccle!
The first time a pair of Peregrines were nesting at the Saint Job church in Uccle dates from spring 2015. The male is ringed! Deciphering the code on his ring allows us to know that he was born in April 2012 in the Saint Rombaut cathedral in Mechelen. The distance between Mechelen and Uccle is 28 km.
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