Two peregrine chicks at Norwich Cathedral have died

The peregrine eggs at Norwich Cathedral, pictured at the end of February.

The peregrine eggs at Norwich Cathedral, pictured at the end of February. - Credit: Archant

Two out of three peregrine chicks in the nesting box at Norwich Cathedral have died.

The first of this year's three eggs hatched at about 8pm on Sunday, with the second hatching sometime between then and 9am on Monday, and the third at about 4pm the same day.

But the Hawk and Owl Trust confirmed on Tuesday morning that the third chick had died, though the cause of death was inconclusive.

Just hours later, they said tragedy had struck again after the mother, GA, left the nest quickly, 'possibly to chase an intruder'.

The post said: 'In her haste, one of the live chicks was accidentally caught in her talon and thrown out of the nest.'

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She continues to feed the remaining chick.

Since the cathedral platform was set up by the trust in 2011, an average of four chicks have been born each year, with a 50pc survival rate.

A live web cam has provided a window into their world, while a watchpoint at the cathedral attracts more than 30,000 people a year.

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