Birds of prey will be the stars of the show at Chichester cathedral

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SPRING has sprung and visitors to a cathedral will be treated to an amazing show of nature.

Visitors to Chichester Cathedral will be able to witness the live development of rare peregrine chicks.

The cathedral has been home to the birds of prey since 2001 and last year three chicks successfully fledged.

This year the adult pair has laid four eggs, which are predicted to hatch on the first day of the RSPB’s annual Date with Nature opening, on Friday.

Live HD footage will be beamed from the nests to a special viewing area in the Cathedral’s Cloisters Café.

RSPB spokesperson Mark Weston said: ‘Witnessing the new chicks hatching is one of the highlights of the project.

‘Visitors love to come and watch the screens as they emerge – it’s a rare sight that people don’t often get to experience.

‘Our live video feeds provide a fantastic way for families with young children to get up close to nature, as they can see the birds in detail without worrying about any noise disturbing them.’

Peregrine falcons were driven to near extinction in the UK through the use of pesticides and hunters.

The birds are protected by European laws.

The Chichester Cathedral site was the first in Europe to host a peregrine webcam to provide an intimate view of peregrines raising their young. Live footage of the peregrines is available at chichestercathedral.org.uk.