'This is nature' - Sadness as cathedral peregrine chick dies

A peregrine falcon nesting on the spire of Norwich Cathedral has hatched three chicks, with a fourth

One of the peregrine falcon chicks has died at Norwich Cathedral. Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust - Credit: Archant

Nature lovers have expressed sadness after a peregrine falcon chick died at Norwich Cathedral. 

Photographer Chris Skipper, who has regularly been snapping the much-loved birds, confirmed a chick had died on Sunday afternoon.

He posted: "As hard as it is to watch please remember this is nature and things are never easy." 

In response to the news, amateur photographer Robin Croft said: "It's been looking that way for a few days.

"We've been hatching chickens. Out of seven, four hatched. Of those, only two have survived. Nature's like that." 

A peregrine falcon nesting on the spire of Norwich Cathedral has hatched three chicks, with a fourth

Sadness has been expressed after the death of one of the peregrine chicks. Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust - Credit: Archant

Peregrines have been roosting in a box on the cathedral spire since 2011.


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It is not the first time the death of a peregrine has resulted in sadness in the city. 

One peregrine, TD, was killed in July 2020 after being struck by a plane when she was 76 days old. 

The Hawk and Owl Trust has been delivering the project at Norwich Cathedral which has included setting up two nesting platforms on the cathedral spire.

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