Category Archives: Breeding

First egg of 2015 is laid by the Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines

The egg arrived at 0617 yesterday morning (19 March 2015). All is well, and historically the next egg is due in two days later.

The first fleeting glimpse of this year’s egg(s) was timed at 6.17am on Thursday 19 March 2015.

The parent birds will wait until all eggs are laid before they will start to incubate the clutch fully. They keep the first eggs warm and viable.

Once the entire clutch is laid they will incubate properly. This ensures that the chicks hatch roughly at the same time ensuring relatively even development.

We will be opening the Watch Point in the Cathedral Close on Friday 27 March.

Last year we welcomed 32,500 visits to the Watch Point – this year we are anticipating 40,000+.

Local broadcaster Mustard TV was first to the story: Click Here

The Peregrines have chosen a very chilly and windy day to produce their first egg! All of us at the Cathedral look forward to the next few weeks and hope that, as last year, several chicks will be successfully hatched.

We look forward to seeing the many people who come to watch them from the Close as we know this brings a great deal of pleasure to people of all ages. We hope that all those who come to enjoy watching the birds will also take the opportunity to come into our magnificent Cathedral and enjoy the Cloister, the Refectory, the Shop and beautiful surroundings within the Cathedral Close.The Very Reverend Jane Hodges, Dean of Norwich

The minute the first egg is laid each year at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Nest Platform, a huge team of people swing into action to get the Norwich Peregrine show back on the road.

Millions of people from Norwich, Norfolk, England and worldwide have taken these wonderful birds to their hearts and will be following the trials and tribulations via our live webcam on our website, through our Facebook page or by a visit in person to the Watch Point at the Cathedral.

This year the Watch Point opens on March 27. You will also notice that, thanks to incredibly generous donations from our East Anglian based sponsors, Viking Optical we have new cameras which are providing even better pictures than last year.Hawk and Owl Press Officer Lin Murray

Is love in the air at our St John’s Church Peregrine Nest Platform in Bath?

The following video clip highlights the shenanigans between the falcon and the tiercel at St John’s Church in Bath during a large number of visits to the nest box.  They’ve been indulging in courtship behaviour, but will this pair ever get it together this year or continue to fight over food?!Continue Reading

Love is in the air at our Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Nest Box!

The pair of peregrines that have taken up residence in our Norwich Cathedral nesting platform for the breeding season are back together. The following video clip from our fantastic new cameras reveals exciting bonding behaviour. This pair has already been seen mating this year… all is on schedule so far for another successful season at…Continue Reading

Major Webcam Updates for 2015 Season

The Hawk and Owl trust has today launched its new webcam service for 2015. Much behind-the-scenes work has been undertaken by our Tech Partners ( and our Volunteers over the winter ‘off-season’ to comprehensively upgrade the webcam streaming feed and the stills camera feed from the nest box on the spire of Norwich Cathedral. We…Continue Reading

New Season Breeding Activity at Our Bath Urban Peregrine Project Site

The #bathperegrines have started off the 2015 breeding season with some early courtship rituals. We’ve been observing their behaviour on and around the church from ground level and on the Bath UPP camera since early in January. Now is a good time to make your way down to South Parade or the riverside walk as…Continue Reading

New Cameras Launched for Norwich Peregrines

Calling all #nrperegrines followers @nrw-cathedral. You will be pleased to know that the new cameras have been installed and we are now in the final testing phase. Youtube clips coming soon – in glorious HD – followed by live streaming to the HOT web site. Here is one of the first images. Hope you enjoy…Continue Reading

The Hawk and Owl Trust Position in the Hen Harrier Debate

In response to various blog posts and resulting comments on the Mark Avery Blog site Philip Merricks, Chairman Hawk and Owl Trust 20 Jan 2015 ‘You will be aware that the RSPB formally announced last year that, although they supported a Hen Harrier brood management scheme in principle, they would not support it in practice…Continue Reading

Work Commences on New Cameras for our Norwich Peregrine ‘Superstars’

Calling all followers of the Norwich Peregrines. Have you been wondering what’s happening with the upgrade of the nest cams? Then read on… Most of you will know that back in September we reported that the old cameras were going to be upgraded and therefore needed to be removed. This has been done and a…Continue Reading

New South West Community Owls Project Prepares for Launch!

Very special thanks to Teresa Day and Jan Osborne and a massive thanks to everyone else in the Give Two Hoots Group – Hoot! Hoot! that have raised funds to ensure we have nesting boxes ready to go for the Hawk and Owl Trust (South-West) “Community Owls project”. Picture shows Left to right Myself (Chris…Continue Reading