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New Home for Magna Carta

On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a major new exhibition has opened at Salisbury Cathedral. The charter is often seen as laying the foundations for the justice system we have today. So, the Cathedral has used a grant of £415,000 - to tell its story. Andrew Pate has more.

Identification rings for cathedral's peregrine chicks

The three chicks - Pip, Peter and Paula - hatched on 18 May Credit: Salisbury Cathedral/Ash Mills

The first peregrine chicks born at Salisbury Cathedral in 61 years are now three weeks old and were recently ringed with a unique colour-ring and identification number by Ed Drewitt, well known ornithologist and wildlife presenter.

The process took 5-7 minutes for each of the three chicks. Pip, Peter and Paula were weighed, measured and ringed and the information will be passed onto the British Trust for Ornithology.

The chicks were removed from the nest on the south balcony at the top of the cathedral tower and taken inside the tower for the process. A human ‘spotter’ remained out on the balcony to prevent the parent birds from returning to an empty nest.

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New editions at Salisbury Cathedral

For the first time in sixty one years - Salisbury Cathedral has had Peregrine chicks hatch. Three have arrived in a nesting box on the Spire. The birds have long been nesting there but, before now, now chicks have hatched.

Peregrine chicks hatch at Salisbury Cathedral Credit: ITV Meridian

Clerk of Works Gary Price said "It's amazingly exciting news that after 61 years we have three live baby peregrine chicks. Mother and chicks are doing well and were today visited by the RSPB who checked that the chicks are all healthy and that Mum's feeding them OK."

The chicks will be ringed by the RSPB when they are three weeks old and 3-4 weeks after that they will fledge and start to fly off the tower.

Stone sculptures on display at Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury cathedral is a place of peace and spiritually - and that's why it was chosen as the perfect location for a new art installation called 'Sanctuary'. It is a series of stones that have been placed inside and outside the cathedral.

Local artist John Maine hopes his exhibition of rocks, some of which can be touched, sat on and even climbed on, will help visitors feel a sense of calm. Martin Dowse went to find out more.

New exhibition opens at Salisbury Cathedral

The John Maine Sanctuary exhibition opens at Salisbury Cathedral Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

We're about to get a sneak preview of a new exhibition opening at Salisbury Cathedral. A number of stone installations will stand on the close with other granite carvings in the cloisters all by the sculptor John Maine. It will be open to everyone from Saturday.

The John Maine Sanctuary exhibition opens at Salisbury Cathedral Credit: Salisbury Cathedral
The John Maine Sanctuary exhibition opens at Salisbury Cathedral Credit: Salisbury Cathedral
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