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Eyes to the sky for town’s favourite duo

Twitchers will be able to watch on as Chichester’s beloved peregrine pair return to the cathedral.


The Peregrine Project will offer visitors the chance to watch the peregrines through a telescope, view footage and learn more about the birds and their activities.


David and Janet Shaw, local wildlife enthusiasts who have been watching the birds since 2001, will be partnering up with the cathedral and the Sussex Ornithological Society to run the project.


The dates, weather permitting, are:


May 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17
June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 28
July 4, 5, 11, 12


Cathedral communications assistant Cathy Clark said: “Here at the cathedral, we are all looking forward to a successful peregrine breeding season.


“Now, with the added interest of the nesting ravens, it promises to be an exciting time for bird-lovers!”


In celebration of the peregrines’ popularity, the cathedral is also running a ‘Paper, paste and peregrines’ adult art workshop on June 10.


Participants will explore texture, pattern and collage to create a series of mixed media images using the peregrines as a starting point for inspiration, as well as other visual representations of birds within tapestries, paintings and stained glass in the cathedral. The workshop is £25 per person and is suitable for beginners and the more experienced.


Visitors to the cathedral website will also be able to watch their progress from a web cam installed in the nesting site on the spire.

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