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Chichester Cathedral peregrines

22 April to 10 July 2016

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Video link
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Accessible site
Peregrines in flight

Image: David Shaw

Nesting peregrines have thrilled visitors to Chichester Cathedral since 2002.

A bolt from the blue? We're faster than that.

Arrows may have feathers, but they're slow compared to us. Diving to catch prey at speeds of just under 250 miles per hour, we are masters of flight.

We like to show off our agility, sometimes flying upside down to catch food dropped by a mate.

Sheer cliffs are our natural home, but the tall spire of Chichester Cathedral makes a perfect roost.

Visit the Cloisters Café to enjoy a close-up view of life in our blustery home. Live pictures and edited highlights from a nestcam (new HD camera sponsored by David Shaw Wildlife) show the trials of bringing up our family amid the grand stonework.

And you'll find a host of well-placed telescopes outside to help you spot us on the wing – if you think you're quick enough, that is.

Just turn up - it's free to see us.


Visitor comments

Smashing views and a great way for children to see these beautiful birds.

Miss M Davies from Waterlooville

Spectacular birds, and volunteers.

Mr A Horne from London

Wonderful experience. Thank you.

Mr and Mrs Hodson from Pagham

Thanks for a wonderful experience watching and learning the story of these beautiful birds.

Mr and Mrs Laurillard from Andover

First time I’ve seen peregrines in real life. Never to be forgotten.

Mrs C Hunt from London

Absolutely wonderful.

Mrs C Taylor from Hayling Island

When can you see us?

Join our friendly staff and volunteers every day of the week in the Cloisters Café from 10 am-5 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10 am-4 pm on Sundays, to watch us on the nestcam until our youngsters fledge. You can combine your visit with a look around Chichester's breathtaking 900 year old Cathedral, which is open daily with free entry, free guided tours and special trails for children

Then come and watch the youngsters fly into adulthood from the viewpoint on the Cathedral Lawn.

How to find us

The viewpoint is in the Cathedral grounds.

The Cathedral is in the pedestrianised centre of Chichester, and within walking distance of Chichester train station and bus station. Follow signs to the town centre and Cathedral.

Parking is available in the city centre.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: South East Regional Office on 01273 775333

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