Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project
This project is not a reserve but we have included it on this site as a ‘virtual’ reserve because the webcams around the cathedral allow wonderful views of Peregines at all stages of their growth.
Whilst three healthy young peregrines left their nest on Derby Cathedral in June 2015, their parents will still be seen in the city centre all year round, often on the side of the nearby Jury’s Inn Hotel.
Moreover, Derby’s Cathedral Green, with its pleasant atmosphere and ramped wheelchair access, offers a great place to look for the world’s fastest living creature. Over the last three years they have been supported by the Heritage Lottery to improve access for a wide range of minority groups to these amazing birds. They hope to find sponsors willing to support them next season so they can bring close-up wildlife observation into the lives of even more people.
To follow the Peregrines progress from moth to month and year to year see the dedicated BLOG.
They told Birding For All:
“For people with limited mobility, their ability to watch wildlife from home may often be often restricted to encouraging birds into the garden or watching nature documentaries and programmes such as BBC’s Springwatch on television.
For those with internet access, we have found many people can gain enormous pleasure and satisfaction from watching live wildlife webcameras, especially those near to where they live. Available 24/7, these often allow people a chance to observe nature in close-up that others miss. Some projects – like ours – even offer an opportunity to comment or share their observations and screen shots of peregrine falcons with everyone else.”
For general information about Derbyshires reserves see the Derbyshire Ornithological Soicety website www.derbyshireos.org.uk.