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Chichester Cathedral peregrines

Dates; Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 24 April –27 June 2018

  • 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.

Due to essential roof repairs the peregrine nest box has been relocated from its original south east turret to the north west turret in an attempt to reduce disturbance. The video feed from the camera went live on 8-2-18 and both the male and female were observed inspecting the box in its new location on the 12-2-18. Again on the 17-2-18 the male peregrine was observed chirping on the nest presumably because the female was close by. This is very encouraging and the RSPB have every hope that the birds will continue nesting at this site in 2018!

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.

Whilst visiting the Cloisters Café and Cathedral please visit our stand to enjoy a close-up view of life in our blustery home. Live pictures from a nestcam (HD camera sponsored by David Shaw Wildlife) show the trials of bringing up our family amid the grand stonework, and can be viewed on multiple personal devices lower down this page or at the Chichester peregrines website or the Chichester cathedral website.

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.

Don't forget to tell us about your visit using #RSPBChiperegrines on Twitter and Facebook.


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 Tuesday & Wednesday between 24 April –27 June on the west side of the cathedral close to the cathedral entrance, from 10am – 4.30pm. 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

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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