Thursday, 7 June 2007

Sunday 10th June

Please note: if you have just arrived at this blog via the Springwatch link - welcome! We have twoPeregrine Watch Point 2007 peregrine chicks visible on live webcams right now: click on the word webcams in blue just to the left. Remember, we have two cameras so if there's nothing on the first one, click on the other one to see the chicks. To read lots of background, go back on the blog and read and see the whole story, including YouTube video clips with sound showing earlier stages of the peregrine nesting season here at Derby Cathedral. Our webcams are being watched around the globe and many viewers think our pictures and storylines are some of the best they have ever seen! Send us a comment if you agree!

This Sunday (10th) the Peregrine Watch Point on Cathedral Green will run all day to link up with other environmental events elsewhere around the city. So, if you live nearby, why not come down and meet the project team and the Wildlife Trust's volunteers and see the peregrines for real?

With a bit of luck, you should see one or both parents flying about and get a more complete idea of where they are nesting and what they do when they are away from the nest. We can also show you other wildlife in the area, from grey wagtails to harlequin ladybirds!

You could take time to admire the cathedral's fine mediaeval sandstone tower, search out the two 'green men' either side of the West door and look inside the cathedral itself. (If you come on a weekday, you can get light refreshments and a drink in the cafe at the award winning Cathedral Centre on Irongate and, maybe, buy a toy peregrine from their shop. I may not look that real, but boy do I sound good. Catch me in the Cathedral Shop on Irongate, Derby. £6.99 for me, or £12 for my big brotherThey come in two sizes and both make real peregrine calls when you squeeze them!)

Further information about the cathedral is on their website at

From the very beginning, the cathedral's staff have been most supportive of the project and none more so than Head Verger, Tony Grantham. Tony has become something of a peregrine addict, even coming back after a day's work to open doors, run up and down the tower's 189 steps and help with the ringing last week. His close-up photos of the chicks can be seen on the blog.

Maybe see you on Sunday......or just call by any day between 10-2pm, weather permitting.

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