After their appearance on Springwatch, the Salisbury ‘Cathedral tower family’, Sally, Fiona, Bruce and their peregrine chicks, are preparing for visitors.
After Sally’s nest invasion on May 10, when the eggs looked to be under threat, four chicks were hatched to be ringed next week by RSPB conservation officer Phil Sheldrake and specialist ringer Ed Drewitt.
The Cathedral‘s Peregrine Tower Tours in partnership with RSPB South Wilts begin with well-known and respected local RSPB member and peregrine expert Granville Pictor joining on the next three Wednesdays in June. Visitors can learn more about the peregrines as the youngsters prepare to fledge. The dates are: June 12, 19 and 26 at 12:15pm
Tours can be booked online via the Cathedral website https://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/visit/tower-tours or at the Cathedral Welcome.
New peregrine displays in the Cloisters and at the top of the Cathedral Tower, provide information for visitors about the cathedral’s family of raptors.
The four chicks are expected to fledge towards the end of June, when our RSPB partners offer a peregrine-themed Date with Nature experience on the Cathedral’s West Lawn, just outside the entrance to the Cloisters.
From Wednesday, June 26 until July 24, a team of RSPB volunteers and specialists will have telescopes and information, allowing visitors to watch the youngsters close up as they make their first move out into the world, leaving comparative safety of the balcony to practice flying and hunting under the watchful eye of their parents.