Derbyshire Wildlife Trust


Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Limited
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) is part of a national network of 47 Wildlife Trusts working to protect wildlife. Our mission is: To use our strengths as the county's premier nature conservation charity, working in partnership with others, to achieve a significant improvement to the state of wildlife in Derbyshire and to increase appreciation of the need for conservation. DWT (1) manages 42 nature reserves (2) runs conservation & education programmes (3) has 14000 members, local groups and local junior groups (4) provides voluntary places for 460 volunteers (5) has corporate supporters helping in aspects of our work (6) produces fact sheets and other wildlife publications (7) has excellent relationships with the local community and media. DWT is a charitable organisation, therefore funding for any activity has to be raised. Thank you for your financial support.

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Peregrines of Derby Cathedral Appeal

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Please donate on this page to the DERBY CATHEDRAL PEREGRINE PROJECT APPEAL.
This project is managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the cathedral on which the peregrines nest and the city council which hosts the webcams.

A pair of wild peregrine falcons was first sighted on the Cathedral's ancient tower in 2004. The Project put up a nest platform for the birds because there was nowhere flat on the tower for them to lay their eggs. The birds have nested there ever since, watched by people all over the planet via the web cams. Peregrines are awe-inspiring birds, able to ‘stoop’ vertically downwards on their prey at over 200 mph, making them the fastest species on the planet!

Once widespread in the UK, peregrine falcons were almost wiped out in the 1950s and '60s by agricultural chemicals such as DDT which accumulated up the food chain. Once these chemicals were banned, peregrines began to recover, reappearing at their traditional nest sites on the coast and in the uplands. As numbers increased they began to nest on tall buildings in towns and cities such as Derby.

The Peregrine Project brings the intimate details of these falcons - as they lay their eggs and bring up their chicks - into homes, offices and schools; brings nature right into the heart of our lives. The project needs financial support in order to get the pictures of the nest out via the worldwide web, to maintain the nest and cameras, and to engage new communities and school children with their lives and story. Your donation will help us develop and sustain the project. Thank you.

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11.07.17 Enjoy following the blog and looking out for the peregrines any time I'm in Derby. Thanks for all your hard work.



24.06.17 Fantastic project that gets me in to trouble with the wife when I should be decorating the lounge!

23.06.17 Yet another unpredictable year, thoroughly enjoyed the time spent watching our new pair, as I said it beats tv anytime. Thanks to Project Team for all their behind the scenes hard work.


23.06.17 Thank you for the opportunity to watch these brilliant birds, they are definitely addictive!


23.06.17 What a wonderful experience watching the peregrine falcons nest and raise their young. Thank you so much.

22.06.17 Thank you all for all you do to bring us all such fantastic views and information, over so soon this year it seems! So glad we came down last Saturday, and saw all 5 birds, and the poppies of course.

19.06.17 Another magical year watching perigines8





14.03.17 I'll give some more later in the year

16.02.17 delighted to donate to be able to watch these beautiful birds rasie their family in my own neighbourhood....

09.01.17 In memory of our Dad, John Sims.

22.08.16 Some of this is "John's House" money, as prearranged, some my own. With much love to the best Peregrine Project anywhere.

11.07.16 I look forward to following the peregrines again in 2017.


03.07.16 What a wonderful thing to be able to see. Good luck with the project.




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