Norwich Cathedral’s peregrine falcon chicks survive flood

PUBLISHED: 12:16 29 May 2014

The peregrine falcon chicks pictured last month at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Hawk and Owl Trust

The peregrine falcon chicks pictured last month at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Hawk and Owl Trust


The peregrine falcon nest at Norwich Cathedral survived Tuesday’s washout.

The four chicks which hatched last month are said to be doing well, despite the sudden downpour which took Norwich by surprise.

Nigel Middleton, conservation officer at the Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, said: “All four of them are still there and look healthy; we are really pleased.”

He added that they were now at the stage where they were preening, and could be flying the nest in a few weeks’ time.

The adult peregrine falcons began nesting on Norwich Cathedral’s spire back in March.

The Hawk and Owl Trust placed the nest on the spire back in 2011 in a bid to increase the number of species.

The birds usually nest on cliffs or on steep sides of quarries, but in recent years they have began nesting in cities on church towers and tower blocks.

This year the two adult birds laid four eggs, the third successful year of laying for Norwich’s breeding pair.

If you would like to watch the peregrine falcons on the live webcams, visit


  • A bit of a non story really bearing in mind the nesting platform is 80M up and well drained, there was never and problem with flooding. The picture used is very old as the chicks are now as big as the adult birds and have most of their feathers, so no problem at all really other than getting a bit wet but they are birds and live outside.

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • At about 315 ft up in the air , i think they were safe from any floods.

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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