The Peregrine Falcons at Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral has been a nesting site for a couple of Peregrine Falcons over many years and we have been working to make sure they have a great environment to live in. Their presence around our building presents us with the challenge of preserving a protected species with maintaining a historic listed building. The cathedral architecture has suffered from many years of damage from a build-up of guano. So we have tried to learn from the falcons’ behaviour over many years to encourage them to parts of our building where they can thrive and be protected. This includes creating a nesting box which we hope they will thrive in. We will also hope to use this to help us ring the chicks and provide valuable scientific information about their breeding patterns.
We have consulted with wildlife experts, including the RSPB, on a solution that we hope provides a safe environment for the birds but protects the rest of the building from the damage their activities cause. We have carried out this work away from their nesting season and tried to create a fresh welcoming environment for them.
Managing this is a complex undertaking however we will work to encourage the falcons into their new home and we will provide updates as and when we have them