Catch all the drama as the peregrine falcons make the Cathedral their home during the summer. Nesting on the Cathedral’s 250ft spire, the pair of breeding falcons successfully fledged chicks in 2012 and 2013 and you can have a close look at the birds of prey from the Hawk & Owl Trust observation point set up at the Cathedral from April until July.
About the peregrine falcons
The peregrine falcons first appeared at the Cathedral in 2009 when a male peregrine took up residence on the Cathedral spire. A female peregrine falcon soon followed and the Hawk and Owl Trust, working in partnership with Norwich Cathedral, set up a nesting platform, along with two webcams, in February 2011. Find out more here
The live spire webcam can be viewed above. You can also view all the action live on the plasma screens in the Cathedral's Refectory Restaurant & Coffee Shop Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 11.55am and 2.45pm - 5.00pm and Sunday 11.00 - 11.55am and 2.45 - 5.00pm.
The peregrine falcons have returned to the Cathedral throughout the winter and will start preparing for the new breeding season in a few weeks. You can view the latest updates here
First egg laid - The first egg of 2014 was laid on Tuesday 18 March at 3.04pm.
First egg hatches - The first egg hatched on Saturday 26 April
First chick flies - The first peregrine chick fledges on Friday 06 June at 4.42am
The Watch Point is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm every day now until the end of June. Here the Hawk and Owl Trust are able to give the you close-up views of the peregrines through some great telescopes.
Visit the Norwich Cathedral Gift Shop for a selection of exclusive Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Falcon and bird watching products. Located in the Cathedral, the Gift Shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.15am – 5.00pm and Sunday 11.45am – 3.30pm.
The Hawk and Owl Trust
Founded in 1969 to help save the peregrine, the Hawk and Owl Trust is a national charity which now works for the conservation and appreciation of all wild birds of prey and their habitats – both in its nature reserves (such as Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve near Fakenham) and in partnership with others. Working with communities and other organisations, farmers, foresters and landowners, the Trust researches, restores and manages nesting, roosting and feeding habitats and encourages greater understanding and appreciation of these very special birds.
You can find out more information on the Norwich Cathedral Peregrines by visit the Hawk and Owl Trust website