Information, Facts and Figures
- Wingspan: 95cm - 115cm (3'-3'9")
- Length: 39cm - 50cm (15" - 20")
- Weight: 600g - 1300g (21oz - 46oz)
- Lifespan: 15 - 18 years
- Status: Rare
Did you know?
Peregrines are the fastest animal in the world. They have been reported diving steeply (known as stooping) at 398 km/h or 247 mph!!!
This site is owned by David and Janet Shaw and is run entirely in their own time and at their own expense for the benefit of all peregrine lovers.
Latest update on the family at Chichester Cathedral Four eggs were laid and 4 have hatched and we won't have an idea of the sexes until they are ringed at about 3/4weeks old.
Pictures of the Chichester Peregrines on sale in Cloisters Cathedral Shop along with peregrine keyrings, fridgemagnets and tea towels, window transfers and 3D postcards!
Information about the Chichester Peregrine Family
From March to July it is possible to stand in the Centre of Chichester around the Cathedral and watch these amazing birds. A pair have been nesting here for 16 years and have now raised 52.
We do not know the ages of the birds as they are not ringed. We think they are both quite young - he is very smart!
Once the chicks have fledged and they have been taught how to hunt and catch their food (they live exclusively on birds catching them only on the wing) they will go their own way. Sometimes a juvenile will hang around the parents hoping for a free meal but by the time the next nesting season comes round they will be chased off to find their own place in the world. We do not know where all the offspring go but we know several live in Sussex, they have been seen in Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury and Norwich they have been found as far afield as Holland, France and Belgium.
The Cathedral has a wonderful tea rooms and in April the RSPB set up a television link on the nest and telescopes for public viewing; a great way to while away an afternoon.
A big thank you to all those people who keep us up to date!!