A pair of peregrine falcons are nesting on St Albans Cathedral for the first time ever. The pair are now sitting on their eggs which have been laid very high up on the Cathedral in a nesting tray, purposely installed for the birds to use.

A powerful bird of prey with blue/grey plumage, a white face and a contrasting black moustache, the peregrine is extremely quick and agile. It holds the record for being not only the fastest bird in the world, but also the fastest member of the animal kingdom with a diving speed in excess of 200 miles per hour.

Peregrines are only found in a small number of isolated spots in the South-east of England and the St Albans pair are one of only five pairs breeding in Hertfordshire. Other pairs have bred in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City and Wymondley.

Peregrines normally mate for life and can remain loyal to their nest site each year, so it is likely that this pair will remain in St Albans and make the City, and, indeed, the Cathedral their permanent home.

The Revd Dr Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor at the Cathedral, said 'It is a great excitement to see – and to hear – these peregrine falcons making their home here. Jesus said, ‘In my Father’s house are many rooms’ – and at St Albans Cathedral all God’s creatures are welcome!’ 

The countdown to the eggs hatching has now begun with the hope that there may be first sightings of chicks on the Cathedral from mid-June. Updates will follow on the progress of the expectant peregrine parents and, all being well, their young in due course.

Peregrine Fact File

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