SALISBURY Cathedral's four peregrine chicks have been named today.

They have been named Perry, Pansy, Petunia and Sky.

The names were chosen by two young ornithologists from the Cathedral School.

The chicks, who are around 25 days old, were also weighed, measured and ringed by Ed Drewitt from the British Trust for Ornithology, who was assisted by Phil Sheldrake, RSPB Conservation Officer.

The four chicks, three females and one male, weighed between 700 and 900 grams.

They were ringed with the distinctive blue ring that marks them out as South West region peregrine, each bearing a unique two-letter allowing researchers to keep track of them.

The chick's parents have been named Fiona and Bruce by cathedral staff after Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce who visited the cathedral last month.

The Salisbury chicks will remain on the Cathedral Tower balcony until the end of June when they are expected to fledge.

They will stay around the cathedral for at least month to learn survival and hunting skills from their parents before going out on their own.

The cathedral has launched its Peregrine Tower Tours in partnership with the RSPB’s South Wilts group.

Local RSPB member and peregrine expert Granville Pictor is joining the 12.15 tower tours on the next three Wednesdays in June (June 12, 19 and 26), offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the peregrines as the youngsters prepare to fledge.

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