Cathedral Peregrines make early start to mating

A resident pair of peregrine falcons have been caught on camera mating on the side of Derby Cathedral.
A resident pair of peregrine falcons have been caught on camera mating on the side of Derby Cathedral. Photo: Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project

*A resident pair of peregrine falcons have been caught on camera mating on the side of Derby Cathedral. *

Experts say this is the earliest date this has ever been seen in the city.

Signs of nesting behaviour - nest scraping and courtship displays have been observed by keen peregrine watchers on the live webcams since January, with a marked increase in the last two weeks.

Uploaded by the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project

Nick Moyes, working for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust as a consultant to the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project, said:

“The previous earliest date for mating was 8th March in 2009, so this is a full week earlier and suggests we may have eggs well before the end of the month”.

The male and female falcons are the same birds that found their way to the cathedral tower over seven years ago.