Nature Notes

Peregrine Falcons in Norwich

Two peregrine falcons are being encouraged to build a nest 250 ft up on the spire of Norwich's cathedral. If they do it will be only the second time in 200 years that these lovely birds of prey will have nested in Norfolk. The small platform, outside a window in the spire, was erected courtesy of the Hawk and Owl Trust and put in place by firemen of the Search and Rescue Unit during their free time periods. Apparently there is about a 50/50 chance that the pair of peregrines will mate to successfully produce any offspring bacause the male is considerably older than the female. Other cathedrals in the country are a favoured home to peregrines, including Derby and Lincoln.

A webcam has been set up by the platform and a link to it can be found on the Hawk and Owl Trust website here