Watch Points

Background information :

From mid-May until early July we usually run free, public events every Saturday morning.  All our summer Peregrine Falcon Watchpoints are free and usually run from 11am to 1pm on Derby's Cathedral Green. They do not run  if the weather forecast is foul.
Friendly  volunteers meet and talk with a wide range
of visitors on Derby's Cathedral Green

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

We hope we will may be able to organise watchpoints for the 2021 season (Covid restrictions permitting.) We will announce a timetable once we know we can go ahead. 

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust volunteers with telescopes will be on hand to talk to anyone wanting to see or learn more about the city's amazing 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

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.

Cathedral Green is a public open space. So do come down to watch the growing falcons for yourself at any time of day you like. Please note though that mornings are best for viewing since the sun casts a heavy shade on the nest by the afternoon, and you are then rather looking towards the sun. June usually sees the annual 'Duck Race' on Cathedral Green, with lots happening. Come along and meet us there!

Be sure to pop over to the front of the Cathedral, and check out our live webcam monitor inside the nest display in the window of the Cathedral Cafe on Irongate (they do good food, too!). The display is normally in place during most of the nesting season.
Come by bicycle and park your bike securely and for free at Derby Park Bikeworks.

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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