Peregrine (c) Sam Hobson
Bristol City Cathedral are working with Avon Wildlife Trust to make this prominent landmark a wildlife hotspot at the heart of the city.
Despite boasting a beautiful garden tucked away in the cathedrals grounds, Bristol City Cathedral wanted to do more for the wildlife in and around their historical site. Having launched our partnership during the 'My Wild Crafty Cathedral' event in May 2015, conversations turned to how the rest of the cathedral could me made more wild.
Keep your eye on this page for updates as the project develops with all the latest news displayed below:
Peregrine Box on Cathedral Roof
Bristol is lucky to have a resident pair of peregrines which have taken to buildings at the centre of the city raising a number of broods over the last 5 years. However, this site has not been without its troubles and doesn't represent the safest site for young birds to take their first fledgling flights.
We are happy to announce that a peregrine nesting box was installed on the roof of the cathedral in December 2015, offering a safe and long term nesting site for our cities peregrines. Placed on top of the southwest tower, the box will sit just off the ground within the wall roof space.
Although no guarantee the peregrines will use it, the hope is this box offers a safer and more attractive location than the current nest site or provide an additional site for newly established pairs. We hope to be able to install a webcam providing regular updates and allow ongoing monitoring so we can learn more about our urban peregrines.
We hope the box will be spotted by the peregrines either during the build up to nesting in December/Janurary or when juvenille birds are exploring the local area just after leaving the nest in August/September. Keep your eye out for any acrobatic displays or vocal shrieking around the Cathedral during this time and be sure to let us know! You may be the first to spot peregrines nesting on the cathedral in its long history.
Annual Wildflower Patch
My Wild Cathedral aims to show how these inconic buildings can do their bit for urban wildlife and habitat corridors, providing a model for others to follow.
A new annual wildflower patch has been installed at the front of the Cathedral in College Green by the My Wild City team. A 30m x 2m strip of lawn was removed using a turf cutter, raked to loosen the soil and sown with an annual wildflower mix of cornflower, corn cockle, chamomile, corn marigold and common poppy. After a quick going over with a ground roller and a good soaking of water, all that was left was to stop the pigeons attempting to eat the seed!
This demonstration patch shows how grass lawns can be improved to help local pollinators and provide a wonderful wildflower display to be enjoyed by all those who walk past. The meadow was sown in late-May, and thanks to a combination of sunny and wet weather, the first plants have begun to sprout with the first flowers expected in early-August. Why not take a walk down to the cathedral to take a look and see what pollinators you can spot!
Have you added a wildlife-friendly feature at your local church, or perhaps in your gardens/window boxes or local green space across Bristol?