A Brief History
In late 2018 a male peregrine was spotted roosting on Cromer Church tower, joined in early 2019 by a female. Copulation was seen taking place on the tower in early March of 2019 and the local bird club, North East Norfolk Bird Club (NENBC) along with a few local peregrine specialists made the trip up the tower to see about the possibily of installing a nesting platform on top of the tower.
Within a few days a nest platform was erected along with a basic CCTV system to monitor the peregrines. Within a week the male had been on the box scraping in the gravel followed by the female a few days later. 3 eggs were laid soon after and the Cromer Peregrine Project was born. We installed a 50" screen streaming live footage in the cafe inside the Church, this proved to be hugely popular with hundreds of excited visitors popping into the Church for a coffee and to catch a glimpse of the peregrines and those precious eggs. A watchpoint was also set up in the grounds of Cromer Museum, Viking Optical kindly supplied us with scopes to get close up views of the peregrines and this was visited by thousands of visitors throughout the summer. All 3 eggs hatched successfully and all 3 of the chicks fledged without incident.
During the winter of 2019 a new camera system was installed in monitor the peregrines consisting of 3 High Definition cameras of which 2 are Pan, Tilt, Zoom meaning we can get 360 degree views of the top of the tower. With the whole of the country placed into lockdown due to Covid 19 we decided to livestream the 2020 season on YouTube and it was a massive success with nearly 200,000 views during the 3 months from egg laying to fledging. As with the previous season 3 eggs were laid with all 3 hatching and all 3 juveniles successfully fledging.
All eyes are currently watching the Cromer peregrines as we hope for another successful breeding season in 2021