Posted 27 April 2011 by Andrew Gardner
Over the Easter weekend the family of Peregrine Falcons who nest at Chichester Cathedral have hatched two chicks. Up until the end of June it will be possible to stand in the centre of Chichester and around the cathedral and observe these amazing birds. This pair have been nesting here for over 10 years and have raised 34 chicks. The parents are not ringed but are estimated to be about 13 years old.
The Peregrines who nest in one of the south turrets beside the spire hatched their first egg at 3pm on Easter Monday, while early yesterday morning the second chick hatched.
The RSPB have set up a live webcam together with telescopes for public viewing in the gardens of the tearooms located in the Cathedral Cloisters and they will remain there until early July. If you are visiting the city during this time we would certainly suggest you take a look, peregrines aside it is a lovely setting in the heart of the city.
Once the chicks have fledged and have been taught how to hunt (they live exclusively on birds catching them only on the wing) they will go their own way. Offspring from this couple are known to live across Sussex, there is one in Canterbury one in Cambridge and they have been found as far afield as Holland.
When the chicks have left the female generally returns to Pagham Harbour, four miles to the south along the Sussex coast for the remainder of the year. The male however permanently resides at Chichester Cathedral and will again be joined by his partner as the next nesting season begins.
If this is of interest to you and you fancy a trip down, we have a number of self catering holiday cottages around Chichester and Pagham.