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In 2019 two peregrines set up nest on the rooftop of Ely Cathedral. We have remained very quiet about their arrival for the past year 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 appear to have done just that!

Peregrine falcons were driven to near extinction in the UK through the use of pesticides and hunters. The birds are protected by laws reinforced by European legislation known as the Nature Directives. These magnificent birds of prey can grow up to half a metre in length and have a wingspan of over a metre.

They live for 15 to 18 years and are actually the fastest animals in the world and are formidable hunters, diving at speeds of just under 250 miles an hour to catch their prey. They are also incredibly agile and have been observed flying upside down to catch food dropped by a mate.

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.

An update on our resident Peregrine Falcons - 2021

The installation of a webcam that King's Ely have kindly sponsored is nearing completion. Just in time for the Peregrines to begin nesting this year, it will allow us a close-up view of their lives!
We are very excited to be able to share the journey of the miracle of life that the two magnificent Peregrines that reside high on the tower at the Cathedral bring into the world.
The webcam will give everyone the great privilege to view their nesting box and the chance to follow their daily progress from hatchlings to fledglings. Details of how to view the webcam coming soon.

Note: Please refrain from using any form of drone around the Cathedral - this will disturb them. Thank you!

Peregrine Hunters' Trail - A fun new trail for all the family to enjoy. Explore the Cathedral to find potential prey for our resident Peregrine Falcons! Pick up a copy from the Cathedral or download a copy here

Photo(s) Credit: Simon Stirrup, PaulB Photography