Peregrine falcons swoop back to St Walburge’s church spire

Posted on - 6th July, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - University campus, Wildlife and Conservation
Peregrine falcon, can you spot it?

Peregrine falcon, can you spot it?

Peregrine falcons have been spotted back at a city church spire.


A pair of the birds of prey have returned to St Walburge’s roof to raise their young.

Ian Fletcher who walks past the spire every day spotted them back at their roost.

He said: “Every year for the last few years a pair of peregrine falcons, the fastest creatures on the planet, have bred in the spire of St Walburges in the heart of Preston. today I was treated to fantastic views of an adolescent perched on the ancient stone work loudly begging to be fed.

“Suddenly from nowhere one of the parents shot across the sky at incredible speed heading towards a flock of pigeons. Lunch was duly delivered to junior. Fabulous urban wildlife in our city.”

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