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Birdwatchers monitor peregrine chicks nesting in cathedral tower

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Four peregrine falcon chicks who hatched in one of Salisbury Cathedral's towers have been ringed less than a month after their birth.

The blue rings - added to their feet - will allow ornithologists to monitor the three females and one male South West region peregrines.

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The RSPB say the birds of prey weighed in between 25oz and 32oz (700-900 grams). They are expected to grow their feathers later this month and they'll then spend around a month at the cathedral learning how to be independent before going their own way.

The chicks are nesting in the south tower of Salisbury Cathedral Credit: PA Images

Cathedral bosses say they have now launched Peregrine Tower Tours so visitors can learn more about the cathedral's latest additions.