Chichester Cathedral Peregrines...
Every year a pair of Peregrine Falcons raise their new chicks in the Cathedral's south east turret. This year will be the 16th year that peregrines have returned to the Cathedral site to nest. In 2016 we welcomed three male and one female peregrine chicks.
Wednesday 18th May: Our chicks have been ringed! We have three males and a female, read all about it and see the pictures here.
Wednesday 27th April: Four chicks for Cathedral Peregrines - click on the press release below for more information.
Tuesday 26th April: Our chicks have started to hatch! Keep a close eye on the webcam for further developments...
End of March - camera switched on
Mid April - eggs hatch usually over 1 - 3 days
22nd April - project opens to the public in the garden of the Cloisters Café. Visitors can view images from the nestbox on the live webcam and use binoculars and telescopes to watch the birds flying and perching on the Cathedral turrets.
Mid to end April - eggs hatch usually over 1 - 3 days
Last week of May - chicks are ringed
Mid June to 10th July - project moves to the Cathedral Green where visitors can use binoculars and telescopes to watch the young start to learn to fly.
2nd/3rd week in June - chicks fledge and leave nest
This year will be the 16th year that Peregrines have returned to nest at the Cathedral.
Many of the Peregrine chicks raised over the years have later been spotted at locations far and wide, click here to find out more.
The Peregrine is a large falcon and the fastest flying bird in the world, known for its spectacular aerial dives or 'stoops' in pursuit of its prey. Dives have been known to reach up to 180km per hour. The Cathedral peregrines do not hunt around the immediate Cathedral precincts, however, as there are too many other buildings and not enough space.
In Britain, most peregrines nest off of cliffs, including the Sussex coast between Brighton and Eastbourne, but Cathedral turrets will do!