Peregrine Days at Wakefield Cathedral
Thursday 29 July 2021 - 13:00-14:30
Friday 30 July 2021 - 10:30-14:30
Thanks to the support of Wakefield Peregrine Project (WPP) we are delighted to bring to you two "Peregrine Days" this July, as part of the Wakefield Express "Community Days" initiative.
Visitors to the cathedral on these days will have the opportunity to check out our pop-up peregrine exhibition and speak with members of the WPP about the birds at the cathedral and all other things peregrine!
As part of the Peregrine Days, we will also be offering "Tower Tours", giving you the opportunity to go up the Bell Tower and see where the peregrines nest.
These tours will be for a maximum of eight people and will run at the following times:
- Thursday 29 July - 13:30
- Friday 30 July - 10:30, 11:30. 12:30. 13:30
Places will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, no pre-bookings available.
Join us for lunch... kids eat free!
As part of the Wakefield Express "Community Days" initiative, our Cathedral Kitchen will also be offering free kids' meals throughout the two days (when accompanied by an adult paying for an adults meal). Be sure to come along, learn about the peregrines and then enjoy some fantastic home-cooked food or delicious cakes from our Kitchen.
To find out more about the great work of the WPP, please visit their website https://wakefieldperegrines.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to the cathedral for our Peregrine Days this summer!
There has been much excitement in 2021 about the peregrines nesting at Wakefield Cathedral.
Thanks to the support of The Wakefield Peregrine Project we are able to watch the peregrines on a 24/7 livestream from atop our bell tower.
This year, the peregrines raised four chicks, bringing the total number of young produced by this pair to 25 in 7 breeding seasons. Unfortunately, one of this year's young peregrines died shortly after fledging but the remaining three are thriving.
Peregrine falcons have nested on Wakefield Cathedral since 2015 and have since been the subject of much interest, not just locally but across the UK and indeed internationally too!
RSPB introduction to Peregrines:
The peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. It is blue-grey above, with a blackish top of the head and an obvious black 'moustache' that contrasts with its white face. Its breast is finely spotted. It is swift and agile in flight, chasing prey. The strongholds of the breeding birds in the UK are the uplands of the north and west and rocky seacoasts. Peregrines have suffered illegal killing from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but better legal protection and control of pesticides (which indirectly poisoned birds) have helped the population to recover considerably from a low in the 1960s. Some birds, particularly females and juveniles, move away from the uplands in autumn.
Source: RSPB website