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Four eggs for Norwich peregrines as spring arrives

PUBLISHED: 13:29 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:29 31 March 2018

Peregrine falcons first bred at Norwich Cathedral in 2011 and continued to breed every year and they have now laid four eggs. Picture: Peter Dent

Peregrine falcons first bred at Norwich Cathedral in 2011 and continued to breed every year and they have now laid four eggs. Picture: Peter Dent

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Four eggs have been laid in quick succession as the new peregrine couple have established themselves at Norwich Cathedral.

Following drama among the resident birds in 2016, the male bird chose as a new mate a female from the Hawk and Owl Trust Bath project, who had chased away the mother of that year’s brood.

Ordinarily, out of a clutch of around four eggs every year, the Hawk and Owl Trust expect an average of 50pc of the chicks to fledge successfully.

Tragedy struck in 2016 when the usurping female harried the chicks and all four died.

Over the last week, four eggs have hatched at the nesting box on the cathedral spire, and as summer approaches the Hawk and Owl Trust have set up their annual watch point at the base of the cathedral.

It is open from 10am to 4pm every day on Cathedral Close.

For more information and to watch the live webcam from the nesting box visit hawkandowl.org.


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