Category Archives: Norwich Peregrines

Peregrine nest boxes and depth of gravel

At this time of year, we regularly see the same questions raised about our Peregrine nest boxes. This year has been no exception.

Whilst we accept that these questions/comments/suggestions are generally well-intentioned and we welcome positive dialogue on our projects, we ask that people bear in mind that our conservation officers all have many years of experience in using artificial nest boxes in urban locations.

In many cases nest box design, placing and access to them is heavily influenced by where they are. In the case of Norwich cathedral, for instance, the nest box design was carefully considered to fit within regulations dictated by the Cathedral Fabric Committee. Access is very difficult and has to be carefully scheduled.

Our nest boxes give these wild birds an option for nesting, they are free to choose elsewhere if they wish and they could certainly attempt to nest elsewhere on the building. The boxes are chosen because the conditions are right for the birds.

It is well documented that wild Peregrines nest on grassy or earthen cliff ledges or quarry rock faces, occasionally they will nest on bare rock or even bare metal pylons. The nests are, at best, slight scrapes.

The gravel depth at the Norwich nest box is monitored closely. The nest box has a lip at the front, preventing eggs or chicks from falling out. Increasing the gravel depth, especially as not necessary, will increase the danger of eggs or chicks being knocked off.

This nest box has been extremely successful in previous years although we recognise that in the last two years there has only been one chick successfully fledged. This, however, has resulted entirely due to the arrival of an inexperienced young female who took over the nest site in an aggressive way, a sad but not uncommon occurrence in wild birds. In no way has the structure or dimensions of the nest box, or the depth of the gravel, affected this outcome.

Discover Norfolk Promotes the Hawk and Owl Trust

The Hawk and Owl Trust are always aiming to work closely with local organisations across the country to promote what we have to offer. For visitors to Norfolk, Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve based near Fakenham is the top Hawk and Owl Trust attraction to visit, this is followed in the spring and early summer… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Update – With Sadness we are Reporting Chick 41 has Died

Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that we are announcing one of the chicks that was taken into rehabilitation care back in June, has sadly died. At the International Bird of Prey Centre, where the chicks were being kept, cared for and were being prepared for their return to Norfolk, Chick 41 was found sadly… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines – Chick 43’s Post Mortem Results

Following what has been an eventful season for the Peregrines at Norwich Cathedral, we now have available to publish the results from the death of Chick 43, the first chick that sadly died on Thursday 9 June. She was found in the grounds of the Bishops Garden around 5.00pm on that day, following fledging from… Continue Reading

Latest Update from the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines – Sadly Chick 43 Found Dead

Latest update on Peregrine Falcon chick 43 at Norwich Cathedral – Friday 10 June It is with regret that at 5.30pm on the evening of Thursday 9th June, we at the Hawk and Owl Trust were informed by the cathedral authorities that a dead peregrine chick had been found in the cathedral grounds. On investigation… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Update – First Chick to Fledge & What to Expect

Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Press Release – 9 June 2016 At Norwich Cathedral our four peregrine juveniles have now reached that crucial point in their development where they will be fledging from the nest, with the chick ring numbered 43 being the first to take flight at 6.44am on Thursday 9th June.  Despite the ups and downs of… Continue Reading

Norwich Cathedral Urban Peregrines Ringed on 16 May

With thanks to the BBC for producing this video of our chicks at Norwich Cathedral being ringed on 16th May.   Once they fledge, the rings will enable us to track their whereabouts and progress in and around Norwich and possibly further afield.  The details found on the orange rings on their legs are YY, 41, 42… Continue Reading