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Peregrine falcon chick hatches at Derby cathedral

Peregrine falcon feeding chicks
Last year the chicks prompted huge internet interest

The first of four peregrine falcon eggs has hatched at Derby Cathedral watched live by webcam viewers from around the world.

The other eggs are expected to hatch in the next few days.

Nick Dixon, a national expert on peregrines nesting, is asking anyone who sees the chicks being fed to leave a comment on the falcon webpage.

He wants to find out how long it takes for the chicks to be offered their first meal.

Anyone can view the birds on the Derby City Council website and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is organising a watch point on Cathedral Green behind the cathedral on Bank Holiday Monday.

The webcam had more than 500,000 hits in 2009.

The first pair of falcons nested on the cathedral's tower in 2006.

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