Norwich cathedral falcon chick found dead in nest
PUBLISHED: 13:25 06 June 2011 | UPDATED: 15:35 06 June 2011
Â© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2011
A chick hatched by peregrines on the spire of Norwich Cathedral has died, it emerged today.
The birds of prey have been given a special nesting platform on Norwich Cathedral after they were spotted flying near the landmark last year.
Secured on the cathedral’s spire, 250ft above the city streets, the platform provides a perfect spot where the pair can breed and hunt.
Members of the Hawk and Owl Trust, who worked with Norwich Cathedral to create the platform, set up cameras above the site so people can watch the birds on TV screens in the visitors’ centre.
But the latest images showed that the egg had disappeared overnight. Researchers reviewing webcam footage found that the egg opened just before 1am, but the chick was not fully developed. The falcon tried to revive the chick without success.