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Chichester Cathedral Peregrines - from Tuesday 24th April to Tuesday 4th July 2018 (provisional dates) 

Since 2001 a pair of Peregrine Falcons have raised their new chicks in the Cathedral's south east turret.  2017 was the 17th year that peregrines have returned to the Cathedral site to nest.  In 2017 we welcomed three male and one female peregrine chicks.

This year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from April until early July, visitors can view the peregrines via a live feed, which will be located in the RSPB marquee in the Cathedral grounds, and can talk to volunteers from the RSPB.  Peregrine falcons were driven to near extinction in the UK through the use of pesticides and hunters.  The birds are protected by laws reinforced by European legislation known as the Nature Directives.  The Chichester Cathedral site was the first in Europe to host a peregrine webcam to provide an intimate view of peregrines raising their young.  Fifty four chicks have successfully fledged from the site since 2002. 

Click on the webcam link below to watch live footage from the nesting box at Chichester Cathedral:

 
 

You can also view fascinating footage of the 2016 chicks being weighed and ringed by watching the video below:

 
 
 

PROJECT TIMELINE:

Mid April - eggs hatch usually over 1 - 3 days
2th April (dates TBC) - project opens to the public in the grounds of the Cathedral on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.  Visitors can view images from the nestbox via a live feed 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

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 186mph 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!

 
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