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David and Janet Shaw have watched the Peregrine Falcons at Chichester Cathedral since 2001 and followed their story from the beginning. First seen on the spire this time round in the mid nineteen ninety’s…..who’s to say they were not there five hundred years ago? They have been very successful nesting on the Cathedral and have fledged more than 60 chicks since the first fledging in 2001.
- Peregrine Facts;
- Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) meaning – wanderer
- Wingspan: 95cm – 115cm (3′-3’9″)
- Length: 39cm – 50cm (15′ – 20′)
- Weight: 600g -1300g (21oz – 46oz)
- Lifespan: 15 – 18 years
- Status: Rare
- Did you know Peregrines are the fastest animal in the world. They have been reported diving steeply (known as Stooping) at speeds of 398km/h (247mph)!
This site is owned by David and Janet Shaw and is run entirely in their own time and at their own expense for the benefit of all peregrine lovers.
From March to July it is possible to stand in the centre of Chichester around the Cathedral and watch these amazing birds. We know that peregrines have been nesting on the Cathedral since 2001 and have now fledged over 60 birds.
Once the juveniles have fledged and they have been taught how to hunt and catch their food (they live exclusively on birds, catching them only on the wing) they will go their own way. Sometimes a juvenile will hang around the parents hoping for a free meal, but by the time the next nesting season comes around they will usually have been chased off to find their own place in the world. We do not know where all the offspring go but we know several live in Sussex and they have been seen in Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury and Norwich and as far afield as Holland, France and Belgium.
The Cathedral has wonderful tea rooms and from April to July both adult and later, juveniles, can be seen from the cafe gardens. The Cathedral,David Shaw Wildlife and the Sussex Ornithological Society have all joined forces to make sure there are still live views of the nest on the Webcam for the coming 2019 season. The camera will be live in the spring of 2019 and you can follow all the news on the Blog or Facebook.