This year we are putting the names of the falcon chicks out to a public vote. Anyone can participate but…
Since it is our 800th anniversary year (we were founded in 1220) we decided we should name them for people who had a big hand in the early life of Salisbury Cathedral.
There are three females and male up on the Tower and thirteen name choices available – from Honor for Pope Honorius III, who permitted the Cathedral move from Old Sarum to Ela and William or Wilhemina for the real life Earl and Countess of Salisbury, William and Ela Longspee, who laid the first foundation stones here eight centuries ago.
Each name has a character, much like the historic person they are linked too. You can just vote for a name – or do a little background research on each by studying the chicks on the nest here (you can ID each one by the ring on their leg) and clicking through on the voting form to see which one fits.
Naming the chicks has only been possible because our Nature Conservation adviser Phil Sheldrake, and Ed Drewitt, a ringer from the British Trust for Ornithology, managed to socially distance their way up the Tower and ring all four peregrine chicks last Friday (22 May). Each chick received two rings, the key ring being their blue South West Peregrine ID ring with initials unique to each bird. This means that when the birds fledge, anyone with sharp eyes, binoculars or a telescope should be able to identify them – and even let us know where they saw them.
The voting is now closed. Please visit our Facebook page for the results from 10am on Thursday 4th June.