Peregrine falcon egg hatches at Norwich Cathedral

The first of the peregrine falcon eggs on the top of the Norwich Cathedral spire has hatched.

As previously reported some peregrine falcons are currently residing on a nesting platform on the cathedral's spire that has been installed by the Hawk and Owl Trust.

The female falcon has laid four eggs, and this morning the first of the eggs hatched.

Leanne Thomas, the trust's education manager, said 'At 7.30am this morning we could see part of an egg shell so we know that definitely one of the eggs has hatched.

'The female is sitting really tight on top of them at the moment so we are going to have to wait until she moves before we can see the chick.

'The eggs should probably all hatch within 48 hours of each other, but probably sooner than that.

'We are expecting them to all hatch within the next day.'

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The hatching has come as a great relief to the conservation team at the Hawk and Owl Trust, who erected the platform in time for the breeding season last year.

Last season their hopes were dashed when the single egg laid proved unsuccessful.

The first egg this year was laid on March 22, the second on March 24, the third on March 27 and the fourth on March 30.

The female did not start to incubate the eggs fully until after the third egg had been laid so the eggs should all hatch at about the same time.

• The falcon webcam can be viewed by clicking on the link on the top right-hand corner of this story.

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