Chichester peregrines get ready for Breeding Season

20th March 2024

Chichester Cathedral’s peregrine falcons are preparing for the breeding season and have been sighted regularly from the Cathedral grounds.

Chichester peregrines get ready for Breeding Season

Peregrines have been seen on the cathedral tower since the mid-1990s. They have been very successful nesting on the Cathedral and have fledged more than 70 chicks since 2001 – and they’ve amassed a significant online following, observed virtually through a livestream on the Cathedral website.

For more live peregrine webcams click here.

The peregrine project is collaboratively run by Chichester Cathedral, the Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS), Carnyx and local wildlife enthusiasts David and Janet Shaw who have been observing the birds since 2001.

This year, there will be a series of drop-in Open Days run by David and Janet Shaw (all weather permitting) so that visitors will have a chance to watch the peregrines through telescopes, view live footage, and learn more about the birds and their activities. These Open Days will be taking place Wednesday – Sunday from 5th June – 7th July 2024 on the Cathedral Green.

David and Janet said:

“With roof repairs behind us, new cameras installed and both birds in residence, we are looking forward to a series of Open Days, in June and July, where we can share the majesty of these awesome birds with the public. Exciting days ahead!”

A Cathedral spokesperson said:

“We hope our visitors, and those online, enjoy the experience of seeing these amazing birds making the Cathedral their home. We are grateful to the volunteers involved in this project, to Peter at Carnyx for enabling these amazing creatures to be seen internationally thanks to the live-stream cameras, and to David and Janet who have been leading this project for over twenty years.”

Chichester Cathedral is asking people to use the hashtag #ChichesterPeregrines on social media if they spot the peregrines.