Open Days | Chichester Peregrines

Come along to a drop-in Open Day to observe the nesting peregrine falcons, their fledging chicks, and learn more about these spectacular birds of prey.

This year, there will be a series of drop-in Open Days (all weather permitting) so that visitors will have a chance to watch the peregrines through telescopes, view live footage, and learn more about the birds and their activities.

These Open Days will be taking place Wednesday – Sunday from 5th June - 7th July 2024 on the Cathedral Green and are free of charge.

About the Peregrines

For over 20 years, the Peregrine Falcons have delighted visitors with sightings from Chichester Cathedral grounds, from March until August.

Peregrine Falcons can grow up to half a metre in length and have a wingspan of over a metre. Living for 15 to 18 years, they are the fastest animals in the world, diving at speeds of just under 250 miles an hour to catch their prey. 

The birds of prey have been very successful nesting on the Cathedral, having fledged more than 70 chicks since 2001.

The peregrine project is a collaboration between Chichester Cathedral, the Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS), Carnyx and local wildlife enthusiasts David and Janet Shaw who have been observing the birds since the very beginning.

 You can also watch the chicks progress on a livestream camera, placed on the Cathedral’s historic spire here>>