Peregrine Falcons of Salisbury Cathedral 

Some of the most popular of the Salisbury Cathedral visitors is the Peregrine Falcon. They were absent from the Tower for a long time (possibly due to persecution and the use of pesticides which decimated the UK peregrine population) but returned after a 60 year absence in 2014.

 

The peregrine falcon also known as the peregrine is a widespread bird of prey. A large, crow-sized falcon, it has a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head.  The peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 320 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop (high speed dive), making it the fastest member of the animal kingdom. According to a National Geographic TV programme, the highest measured speed of a peregrine falcon is 389 km/h (242 mph).

 

Keep an eye out for fledgling Peregrine Falcons. We currently have a clutch of eggs at Salisbury Cathedral which are due to hatch by the 13th of May.

 

Their mum now has started incubating the eggs, which is a sign that there are no more to come.

 

It’s miraculous to get to this point, with brazen Jackdaws having their eyes on the eggs since they were laid.

 

You can view the Falcons  progress on this webcam:

 

Peregrine Falcon

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