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Last Updated: Tuesday May 06 2008 14:40 GMT

Baby falcons hatch in city church

Peregrine falcon

A pair of the world's fastest creatures - peregrine falcons - has set up home in a church spire in Worcester.

These speedy birds can swoop at up to 124mph, and they're proving to be real city slickers, having been spotted in London, Bristol and Birmingham.

And now a pair has moved into St Andrew's church in Worcester, and have now hatched two of their four eggs.

The birds are quite rare, so wildlife experts are really pleased they they're adapting to city life.

Falcon facts
Peregrines are often silent, but - when alarmed - they make a chattering noise
They have a body length of 34-50cm
Peregrines mostly eat other birds, but they occasionally hunt bats, rats, voles and rabbits
The creatures are more used to nesting on cliffs and mountains, so - in built-up areas - they often head for tall buildings.

Attracting visitors

The rare birds are attracting a lot of visitors. Over the bank holiday weekend, a television monitor was set up at the base of their nest showing live pictures of the newly hatched chicks.

Peregrine falcons filmed by the church camera

Lots of children have been along to see them too. Nine-year-old Emily, who went to se the chicks with her twin brother and her sister, said: "We've seen the two baby chicks and the mother feeding them."