Peregrines on the cathedral 2015

Welcome to the summit of the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in the heart of Brussels!

Peregrine falcons are the fastest birds in the world: they are capable of swooping down on its prey at a speed of 400 km/h! Almost exterminated from Europe and North America not long ago, this splendid bird of prey started nesting again in Belgium in 1994. The first couple installed itself on top of one of the cooling towers of the nuclear power plant of Tihange, in the Meuse valley. In 2014, one could count more than a  hundred couples in Belgium. Some of them nested on cliffs, some on telecom towers, and others on the top of very tall buildings. A formidable return!

In the spring of 2004, a couple miraculously installed itself on the top of the northern tower of the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral. The female laid its first egg on February 28th that year. The hatching took place around April 5th.

In order to allow you to observe live and in detail the spectacle of the hatching, the chicks growing up, and finally the juvenile peregrines first flight, we have installed a system of cameras connected to this website. Do you want to learn more on the natural history of this fascinating predator, particularly about the adventures of the couple nesting in Brussels? Go visit the blog! Would you like to see them « in real life »? Join us at the observation post at the cathedral from March 28th until May 17th! Our ornithologists await you with a powerful telescope. You can even take pictures of the falcons with your smartphone, thanks to the ‘digiscoping’ technique!

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