Helpers needed for Chichester’s peregrines

CLARE HAWKIN

NATURE lovers are being called to help inspire people of all ages and introduce visitors to some of Chichester’s most famous residents.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is asking for people to volunteer for its popular Date With Nature project and help show members of the public the peregrine falcons as they bring up their chicks at Chichester Cathedral.

This year the RSPB will be based at the cathedral from April 13 until July and is the 12th consecutive year the peregrines have bred there.

The charity is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to assist in pointing out the magnificent birds as they perch on the corners of the spire and fly in and out overhead.

Volunteers will enable people to get the most out of their visit by providing information and helping them to get great views of the birds from the cathedral grounds using binoculars and spotting-scopes. Training will be provided, so no previous experience is necessary.

In addition, visitors will also be able to view live footage from a camera in the peregrines’ nest.

Molly Dailide, of RSPB South East said: “Volunteering at RSPB events is a great way to get involved with our conservation work. You don’t need to be an expert – just passionate about wildlife and good with people.”

“If you can help out during the project for a couple of days a month, or even several days a week as some past volunteers have done, I’d love to hear from you.”

To volunteer email molly.dailide@rspb.org.uk or call 07713 392175.