2012 Breeding Confirmed on Norwich Cathedral Spire
The peregrine falcons using the nesting platform installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust on the spire of Norwich Cathedral have laid their first egg of the season.
A male peregrine first appeared at the Cathedral a few years ago and was then joined by a female. The Hawk and Owl Trust installed the platform in February 2011 to give them somewhere to nest. The birds started to use it immediately and hopes were high for successful breeding in 2011 but the female was then driven away by a larger juvenile bird. Although the juvenile female was not expected to breed because she was too young, she surprised everyone by laying an egg but it did not hatch successfully.
Staff and volunteers at the Hawk and Owl Trust and Norwich Cathedral have been waiting for the new breeding season in 2012 to see if the peregrines manage to lay eggs this year. The peregrines have been present at the Cathedral all winter but in a new twist to the story it now appears that the falcon that has laid the egg is too old to be the juvenile female from last year. Perhaps the original falcon has returned or it is yet another female.
A third peregrine has been seen trying to visit the platform over the last couple of days. This bird is a large female with some brown in her grey plumage, perhaps the juvenile from last year now moulted into adult plumage.
The Hawk and Owl Trust will be running a watch point at the Cathedral where the public can view the birds through telescopes during the Easter holidays starting on Saturday 31st March from 10am. Anyone interested in volunteering to help at the watch point should contact the Hawk and Owl Trust on 01328 856788 or sign up via the website here.
Visitors to Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve can enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the peregrine webcam in the visitor centre as well as images from other cameras around the reserve. The reserve is open every day except Mondays and the visitor centre is open from 9am until 4pm.
The Cathedral Peregrines project has been generously supported by Archant, ContiTech UK, iCode Systems, Lady Hind Trust, LVS-Imas Ltd, M and A Partners, Opticron, SIMM Conveyor Services Ltd, Syngenta Ltd, WildSounds, WiSpire by FreeClix and in memory of the late Mr. Ray Rogers of Norwich.
This is a clip of the falcon laying the first egg.
This is a clip of the first visit by the male after the egg was laid.
There was close consultation with the Cathedral’s estates manager and architect to ensure the fabric of this historic building was not damaged.
If you have enjoyed watching the peregrines and would like to help continue conservation work for birds of prey please make a donation now.
To find out how the project got under way click here
For more information about the Cathedral click here
Please Note | If you are planning to visit the Cathedral there is no parking at the Cathedral itself. The nearest public car park is Bishopgate or try the airport park and ride.
This project is being supported by: Archant, ContiTech UK, iCode Systems, Lady Hind Trust, LVAS-Imas Ltd, M A Partners,Opticron, SIMM Conveyor Services Ltd, Syngenta, WildSounds, WiSpire by FreeClix, Cley Spy, Hawke Optics, Viking Optical Ltd, Swallowtail Print, and in memory of the late Mr Ray Rogers of Norwich.