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Peregrine Falcons

2024 Update

Unfortunately it seems that the Peregrines won't be nesting at Ely Cathedral this year, but you may still be lucky enough to see them flying around the Towers when you visit the Cathedral.

Four years ago, a pair of Peregrine Falcons set up nest on the rooftop of Ely Cathedral. We remained very quiet about their arrival in order to give them a chance to settle in and to see if they were going to nest and make Ely Cathedral their home. We are delighted to say that they did just that!

In 2021 we were honoured to be able to share the journey of the miracle of life that the magnificent Peregrines brought into the world, via a live webcam. The webcam kindly installed by the Hawk & Owl Trust and sponsored by King's Ely, gave everyone the great privilege to view their nesting box and the chance to follow the four chicks daily progress from hatchlings to fledglings. You may be lucky enough to see them flying around the Towers if you visit the Cathedral.

Peregrine Hunters' Trail

A fun trail for all the family to enjoy. Explore the Cathedral to find potential prey for our resident Peregrine Falcons! Download below or pick up a copy in the Cathedral.

View the Peregrine Hunters' Trail.

An adorable Peregrine Falcon Soft Toy is now available from our Online Shop

Fun Fact

The name Peregrine means 'wanderer'. They can travel vast distances outside the nesting season but their incredible homing instinct leads them back to their favoured aerial locations! Some nesting sites have been in continual use for hundreds of years, used by successive generations of Peregrines.

Please Note:

We work very closely with the Hawk & Owl Trust to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these protected species. Please help us protect them and their young and note that filming or photography by drone is strictly prohibited.

Peregrine Falcon Art
Talented local Artist Graham Austin has created four beautiful paintings of our resident Peregrine Falcons. He's very kindly donated some greetings cards of the paintings to our shop, if you'd like a special souvenir of your visit to the Cathedral.