Norwich Cathedral peregrine falcon chick dies

Peregrine chicks and adult birds on Norwich Cathedral spire platform The fourth egg laid on Norwich Cathedral spire never hatched

Related Stories

One of three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched on Norwich Cathedral has died, the Hawk and Owl Trust has said.

Three chicks hatched out of four eggs laid on the spire in May. They are thought to be the first peregrine falcons born in the city in 200 years.

One egg failed to hatch and the third chick, which died early on Sunday, "never appeared to be well", Nigel Middleton from the wildlife trust said.

He said the dead chick would be cleared after the two remaining chicks fledged.

"If we were to disturb the nest now they would do a premature flight, and we could lose those as well, so unfortunately we've got to sit back and just wait," said Mr Middleton.

"This is one of the things that happens in nature - we're very lucky to get two peregrine chicks, so we'll just have to watch this space."

The specialist platform was set up by the Hawk and Owl Trust on the cathedral's spire last year, which acts as a cliff-face for the peregrines.

An egg that was laid on it last year by a different female produced an underdeveloped dead chick.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Norfolk



7 °C 2 °C


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • A man shutting his eyes tightlyStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?

  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.