Derby Peregrine DVD
Peregrines in Paradise
Look up at the mediaeval tower of Derby Cathedral
and you may well spot a peregrine falcon. These iconic birds now nest high on the east side of the cathedral tower, using a wooden nest ledge put up for them. A pair of peregrines set up home there in 2006, and have raised young each year since.
Three webcams now watch over our birds. You can watch them live 24/7, right through the year. The birds start courting in February; lay eggs in early April, and hatch in May. The young make their maiden flights during June, so it’s a hectic breeding season for them– and for us watching them too! Just put ‘derbyperegrine webcam’
into a search engine to watch them online and to find the project blog which gives the latest news and has video clips of the‘highlights’.
Between late May and early July there will be public Watch Points
running on Cathedral Green on Full Street behind the cathedral. They normally operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning 11 am to 1.30 pm, weather permitting. Telescopes give you excellent views of the adults and chicks, so it's the perfect excuse to visit Derby for any wildlife-lover. Just pop along – it’s entirely free.
The Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project is a partnership between Derby Museums, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Derby Cathedral, with the Cathedral Quarter coming on board during 2011.
The project relies on both public donations and sponsorship. So do get in touch either by phoning the Wildlife Trust (01773 881188) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Derby’s Cathedral Quarter does indeed seem to be a paradise for these wonderful birds – and it’s a great boost for the city to have them with us!