March 22, 2012 10.17 am This story is over 121 months old

Volunteers needed for falcon nesting season

Bird watcher: The RSPB are looking for volunteers to help explain the falcon’s nesting period on a historic Lincoln building.

A national bird charity is looking for volunteers to help explain to people the annual nesting of the peregrine falcons on Lincoln Cathedral.

Between April 20 and July 29, the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be based at the cathedral for its Date With Nature project.

The allows residents to watch the peregrine falcons as they hunt for a prime spot on the historic building, through telescopes, as they nest and raise their chicks.

Volunteers of any age are wanted to talk about the birds with people, as well as help spot them. Training is provided, so no experience is necessary.

This will be the sixth year the birds of prey will nest at Lincoln Cathedral, so is a good opportunity for residents to learn more about the falcon.

RSPB spokesperson Nikki Thurston said: “Volunteering at RSPB events is a really fun way to get involved with the natural world.

“You don’t need to be an expert – just passionate about wildlife and good with people.

“There is nothing better than seeing people’s faces light up when they see a peregrine swooping over head. It’s a wonderful project to work on.

“You also get the added bonus of being on site to see all of the comings and goings of the nest. It can be like Eastenders sometimes!”

She added: “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.”

Those interested in getting involved should contact Nikki Thurston by email

Photo: St Lucie Audubon