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Visitors to Chichester Cathedral watch falcons nesting

  • 12 April 2011
  • From the section Sussex
Webcam shot of peregrine falcon
Image caption A nest webcam is available so visitors can watch the falcons incubating their eggs

Budding birdwatchers will be able to get a glimpse of a pair of nesting peregrine falcons at Chichester Cathedral.

The falcons have been nesting at the cathedral for 11 years and have raised dozens of chicks.

Visitors will be able to view live images of the nest on a webcam from Wednesday.

The project has been organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and will run until July.

The peregrines have already raised raised 34 chicks together at the cathedral and four more eggs were laid at the end of March this year.

'Incredibly successful'

Pete Harrison, from RSPB South East, said: "This pair have been incredibly successful so far, and I've got my fingers crossed for another four healthy chicks this year, but we'll just have to wait and see.

"Right now they're taking turns to sit on the eggs. The female does most of the incubating, but the male is trying to do his bit this year, too.

"He seems a bit awkward as he tries to wiggle himself into the right position."

At first the project will be based at the cathedral's Cloisters Cafe, but by the end of May, when the young start to learn to fly, the RSPB will move out on to the Cathedral Green.

Incubation takes between 28 and 33 days, meaning visitors could see chicks hatching in the first two weeks of the project.

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