There are records of Peregrine Falcons breeding at the Cathedral between 1864 and 1953, after which there was a long period of absence caused by persecution and the use of organophosphates.
In 2014 a mated pair nested, producing and fledging four chicks successfully in a nestbox built by the Works Yard team. Since then Peregrines have hatched and fledged from the Tower every year until 2018, when a territorial battle between two females prevented laying. The nest remained bare all Summer even though there were peregrines in residence.
Our resident peregrines are so popular they even have their own YouTube channel and all our chicks are ringed so that we can follow their progress. Sally (an adult female) is fitted with a satellite tracker.
Peregrines past and present
This gallery tells the story of the Cathedral Peregrines in pictures, from ringing the first chicks in 2014 - and if you click here you can follow the 2018 story