Falcon nest is checked after work on Jersey church

Peregrine falcon
Image caption The falcons have nested at the church for the past three years

The nest of a pair of peregrine falcons has been checked by Jersey's Environment Department after concerns they had been disturbed by work on St Thomas' church.

The nest is inside the steeple and workers were putting spikes around some of the ledges of the St Helier church.

The Catholic Dean, Monsignor Nicholas France, said the work had to be done to discourage pigeons from messing the steps below during wedding season.

Image caption The nest is in St Thomas' Church steeple

He said: "My first thought was, I hope the birds do not attack the men.

"It never really crossed my mind that they would be affected and I do not think they have been, they seem very cheerful screeching around as they usually do."

'Screeching noise'

Monsignor France said the falcons had been nesting at the church for the past two years.

He said: "My brother lives in Chichester in Sussex and in the cathedral there they have had these same peregrine falcons every year and apparently they come back to the same place and so I was rather thrilled."

"Although [I was] a bit less thrilled with the screeching noise at night and day but I got used to them."

He said: "This is the third year they have come back and the people who came to have a look said they could apparently see that there was a nest and the mother was sitting on two eggs, it is fascinating really."

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