Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Calendar of Watchpoints 2009 (End of season update)

  • Peregrine Watchpoints have now finished for the 2009 season!

    They ran on the following dates on Cathedral Green between 10.30am - 1.30pm on all dates below.


  • Saturday May 16th.
  • Wednesday May 20th.
  • Friday May 22nd.
  • Saturday May 23rd.
  • Bank Holiday Monday May 25th. (& Tower Tours)
  • Wednesday May 27th
  • Friday May 29th
  • Saturday May 30th


  • Thursday June 4th
  • Friday June 5th
  • Saturday June 6th (Fledging week)
  • Wednesday June 10th
  • Thursday June 11th
  • Friday June 12th
  • Saturday June 13th
  • Sunday June 14th
  • Wednesday June 17th
  • Thursday June 18th
  • Friday June 19th
  • Saturday June 20th

Cathedral Green is at the rear of Derby Cathedral on Full Street. Telescopes were set up between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Organised by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the Watchpoints were all run by volunteers who were on hand to help people use the 'scopes and talk about Derby's peregrines. View our location map on the left side of this blog, or follow this link for a larger map.
Photo Colin Pass.

Visitor Facilities
Even though watchpoints are closed, there is always a good chance of seeing a peregrine, no matter what time of year you visit.

There are numerous food outlets in Derby's Cathedral Quarter, including the Cathedral Centre's own restaurant and takeaway service (though this is closed on Sundays).

Next to Cathedral Green is The Silk Mill Museum (with toilet facilities). There are lots of nearby shopping and leisure opportunities, including Queen Street Swimming Baths and the new Westfield Shopping Centre, two more Museums and the new Quad visual arts centre

The Tourist Information Centre is just 2 minutes walk away, and the Riverside Quarter Trail and Upper Derwent Trail start just 15 seconds away. Follow this link to find out more about the numerous parking options when visiting Derby.

(If travelling by car, why not use the Park n' Ride at Pride Park next to Derby County Football Stadium where you can view The Sanctuary Bird Reserve (with disabled access) and watch sand martins, lapwings, wheatear and skylarks from within the car park, before getting your £2.20 bus into town which stops less than a 2 minute walk from Derby Cathedral.)

Whatever you do, enjoy your visit to Derby and marvel at our brilliant birds.

The Peregrine Project Team