Welcome to the Urban Peregrine Projects

Are You Missing Not Seeing the Norwich Peregrines on Webcam?

Then check out our 20 minute video review of the 2014 season. A through-the-lens summary of everything from the start of the year through to fledging.


Our Live Peregrine Web Cam Feed has proved more popular than ever with a large on-line audience watching the fortunes of our Norwich Cathedral Peregrines and their chicks. We stream it into schools to help children to learn the wonders of nature and to 100,000s of people across the planet!

However, bandwidth is expensive and we need all the financial assistance we can to help offset expenses which are a drain on our funds.

Can You Help?
If you have enjoyed watching the Norwich peregrines, any donation – no matter how small – will help us to continue to bring this urban peregrine adventure to yours and many thousands of other screens and continue the essential work that we do. This in turns raises the profile of the magnificent bird helping to secure a safe future for it and other birds of prey.

Click the link above today to go to our easy Make a Donation form. Thank you.

If you would prefer to send a cheque our address is:

PO Box 400, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton TA4 3WH 0844 984 2824

The Hawk and Owl Trust runs two Urban Peregrine Project sites: at Norwich Cathedral and St Johns RC Church, Bath.

“Urban wildlife plays a crucial role in enriching people’s lives: without it, many people would have no access to nature and all the benefits it brings”
‘State of Nature’ Report 2013

Both projects have captivated the imagination of the local population as well as web site visitors to the Trust’s live and still capture webcams. The Peregrine pairs have featured in regional and nation media on-line, in print and on television.

Norwich cathedral has only been ‘discovered’ by peregrines in the last 4 or 5 years as they slowly started to re-colonise Norfolk after a breeding absence of over 100 years. Even then it took the installation of a nesting platform by the Hawk and Owl Trust to provide these wild birds with a suitably attractive place the use. The Bath Peregrines have been established for much longer.

Other inner city sites were ‘colonised’ sooner. Visit our ‘other projects’ pages to learn more | Click Here

Why is it important to 'help' peregrines? Click to find out

Why is it important to ‘help’ peregrines?

Until about 100 or so years ago, peregrines were almost exclusively daylight hunters that relied on their incredible speed to catch their prey in mid-air. Their eyesight, although far keener than those of humans, are not at all well suited to nocturnal flight. However, with the invention of street lights the night-skies were no longer totally dark over the larger towns and cities.

The peregrine, by this time under pressure from persecution and the effects of toxic chemicals like DDT, started to take advantage of this ‘extended day’ and started to move into these urban areas. Here, their normal food supply such as pigeons could be supplemented by night-flying birds such as woodcock which could now be seen in the up-lit glare produced by thousands of street lights, advertising hoardings and brightly lit shops.

Furthermore, their traditional nest sites on cliffs and rock faces were able to be replaced by multi-storey buildings and other tall man-made structures – cathedrals becoming a favourite – so all the key ingredients that were needed to support a peregrines life could be found in our cities rather than its traditional rural territories.

And so, once again, ‘man’ has unwittingly warped the Darwinian laws of evolution.

Dave Gittens | Hawk and Owl Trust Volunteer

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