WINCHESTER'S peregrine chicks are still going strong.

Keith Betton, chairman and county recorder for Hampshire Ornithological Society, believes that at least four and possibly all five are alive.

He told the Chronicle: "The birds have been flying around a lot and making plenty of noise. It is hard to know how many of the chicks have made it this far – but at least four and possibly five still.

"It is an amazing feat to rear five chicks especially when the first four hatched well ahead of the other. Not many peregrines would keep that extra egg warm.

"The chicks are definitely getting better at flying and they are play-fighting which helps them to improve those skills. It can also get them into trouble, so the risks of one crashing or getting stuck somewhere has not gone away."