Hatchings Confirm Spire Nest Platform Success
The first peregrine egg hatched at the Hawk and Owl Trust nest platform on Norwich Cathedral in the early hours on Wednesday 2 May.
Observers spotted fragments of egg shell as the first clue to the arrival of the first ever new generation of peregrines in the city in living memory. The second egg hatched towards the end of the day and the third hatched two days later.
Below is the live view from the spire.
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The hatching has come as a great relief to the conservation team at the Hawk and Owl Trust, who erected the platform in time for the breeding season last year. Last season their hopes were dashed when the single egg laid proved unsuccessful.
The first egg this year was laid on March 22, the second on March 24, the third on the 27th and the fourth on Friday 30 March. The female did not start to incubate the eggs fully until after the third egg had been laid so the eggs should hatch at about the same time. The pair have done well to have a brood of three chicks, and it is not unusual for eggs, or indeed chicks, to fail.
There was close consultation with the Cathedral’s estates manager and architect to ensure the fabric of this historic building was not damaged.
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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.