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Norwich Cathedral Nest Box Gets a Spring Clean for 2016

On Sunday 17 January, six intrepid volunteers climbed up the Norwich Cathedral spire to clean out the Peregrines nest box home, to get it ready for the coming, new and exciting 2016 season.  The day is told in a series of photos taken by Martin Lippiatt and screen grabs captured from the peregrines webcam.  Here was what we got up too, so sit back, grab a cuppa, relax, and enjoy! 

A beautiful day for a climb up the cathedral
1. A beautiful day for a climb up the cathedral
2. The intrepid team on volunteers ready for the climb
2. The intrepid team on volunteers ready for the climb
3. A sense of how high we were going to climb
3. A sense of how high we were going to climb
4. A little insight into the climb ahead!
4. A little insight into the climb ahead!
5. At ceiling height in the cathedral.
5. At ceiling height in the cathedral
6. A view of the alter, few people have the privilege of getting
6. A view of the alter, few people have the privilege of getting this view
7. Looking down on the Cathedral Cloisters from half way up
7. Looking down on the Cathedral Cloisters from half way up
8. Looking up at the nest box and cameras from below
8. Looking up at the nest box and cameras from below
9. The climb got alot more interesting once we had entered the spire itself
9. The climb got alot more interesting once we had entered the spire itself
10. A real birds eye view looking out over Norwich from above the nest box itself
10. A real birds eye view looking out over Norwich from above the nest box itself
11. The "hand of God" making a start on cleaning out the nest box
11. The “Hand of God” (Phil Littler) making a start on cleaning out the nest box
11. David Gittens and Kevin Titmarsh doing their IT magic to make sure the webcam is all ready for the 2016 season
12. David Gittens and Kevin Titmarsh doing their IT magic to make sure the webcam is all ready for the 2016 season
13. Looking out over Norwich City Centre on a fine, clear but cold day.
13. Looking out over Norwich City Centre on a fine, clear, but cold day.
14. Just some of the remains found as leftovers from the peregrines. This is the head of a Teal duck, with the remains of the body found two metres away.
14. Just some of the remains found as leftovers from the peregrines. This is the head of a Teal duck, with the remains of the body found two metres away.
15. Martin Lippiatt and David Gittens cleaning out the nest box and cleaning and repairing the camera.
15. Martin Lippiatt and David Gittens cleaning out the nest box and cleaning and repairing the camera.
16. "When I'll be cleaning windows!!"
16. “When I’ll be cleaning windows!!”
17. The male peregrine returning the following morning to inspect our work.
17. The male peregrine returning the following morning to inspect our work.
18. It's safe to say, we think he was impressed, as that morning he was seen creating a scrape in the gravel, ready for the start of the new season!
18. It’s safe to say, we think he was impressed, as that morning he was seen creating a scrape in the gravel, ready for the start of the new season!

Hawk and Owl Trust Visit Norwich Schools to Teach Children about the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines

The Hawk and Owl Trust are delighted to announce the exciting new development of an educational Peregrine Outreach Programme to teach school children in local primary schools throughout Norwich about the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines.  This project has been made possible by generous funding from the Norwich Town Close Estate Charity.   Norwich Cathedral is a world renowned heritage site… Continue Reading

Volunteering Opportunities Now Available for the 2016 Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point

If you would like to meet like minded people who love birds as much as you do then we are looking for people to come and help volunteer with us at the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines Watch Point for the 2016 season.   The watch point will be opening on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 and will run… Continue Reading

Youngest of Norwich Peregrine Chicks Dies

The death of the smallest peregrine chick at Norwich Cathedral yesterday came as a sad surprise to all of us, even though we know that life for young peregrines is tenuous at this stage of their development. We have gone through the recorded footage for clues as to why it died but can still only speculate.… Continue Reading

Bath Peregrine Lives Up To Her Name

Peregrine falcons have been seen in Bath since around the year 2000, and in 2005 the conservation charity, Hawk and Owl Trust, were kindly given permission to install a nest box on St Johns Roman Catholic Church, Bath. Peregrines have been successfully breeding there since 2006, and in early April this year the pair produced… Continue Reading

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 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… 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