Watch Points

We are running just two Peregrine Watchpoints during 2023.
The first will be on Saturday 27th May from 10am-2pm 

Friendly  volunteers meet and talk with a wide range
of visitors on Derby's Cathedral Green

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust volunteers will be on hand to let you use a telescope or simply to chat about the city's amazing peregrine falcons.

Watchpoint Dates in 2023
  • Sat 27th May
  • Sat 10th June

You can, of course, come down yourself at any time to watch Derby's peregrines! 

Cathedral Green is the pleasant, grassy area at the rear of Derby Cathedral which gives excellent views of the peregrine nest platform. See Map

It's a public open space, close to the city centre, and often with other things happening too. So do come down to watch the growing falcons for yourself at any time of day you like as it's close to the city centre with its shopping and food outlets. Mornings are best for viewing the chicks in their nest since the sun casts a heavy shade on it by the afternoon, and you could be looking up, stright into the sun. Come along on one of the days listed above and meet us there! 

It's free!
Watch Points are entirely free, though if you enjoy your time with us (and viewing the birds online), a donation is always welcome! The funds we receive from generous donations helps to pay for our webcameras and for staff to maintain the project and develop new activities.

Why are there so few WatchPoints this year?
In previous years, our Project partner, Derby City Council, let us run twelve or more WatchPoints on Cathedral Green at no cost. However, this year we've been informed we must pay a fee for each WatchPoint we run there. This gets costly - especially if we have to cancel due to bad weather, as well as ensuring events are safely staffed.

SCHOOLS: if there are any teachers reading this who might like either a visit to their school by the project or perhaps to come to Derby to see the birds 'for real' then do get in touch via Subject to volunteer availability, we may also be able to offer Skype classroom chats with one of our peregrine experts, providing these are teacher-led. Find out more here.

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