Peregrine Falcons : Hatched & Fledged from the Tower | Salisbury Cathedral

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The Cathedral Floor will be closed to sightseeing today for performances - the Chapter House with Magna Carta is open as normal.

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Peregrine Falcons

These powerful birds of prey have made the Cathedral their home.

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Peregrine Falcons

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 except for 2018, when a territorial battle between two females prevented laying. 

 

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.

 

Watch the live streams below  - don't panic if you can't see our peregrines, they are just exploring the balcony and beyond!

 

 

Watch our latest peregrine update video below