Stamford’s peregrine falcons feature in new children’s book

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A new children’s book has been released to celebrate Stamford’s peregrine falcons.

How the Pilgrims Came to Stamford was written by churchwarden and former teaching assistant Clare Camp.

It tells the story of how two pilgrims left the Peak District in search of a new home, which they eventually found on the tower of All Saints Church in Stamford.

Tim Mackrill, Clare Camp and Catherine Hammant celebrate the publication of How the Peregrines Came to Stamford

The book features illustrations by children from the St Gilbert’s Primary School Illustrators’ Club, which Clare led until her retirement in July.

She said: “It was one of my ambitions to write a children’s book and I thought the story of the pilgrims was perfect.

“The kids really enjoyed learning about the birds and working on the beautiful illustrations that help tell the story.”

A Peregrine Falcon chick at All Saints Church in Stamford.  Credit: Stamford All Saints Peregrines Twitter
A Peregrine Falcon chick at All Saints Church in Stamford. Credit: Stamford All Saints Peregrines Twitter

The birds were first spotted on All Saints Day in 2021 and have raised three chicks this year.

Although the young falcons will move away from Stamford in the fall, their parents will stay in town through the winter and will likely nest again next spring.

The book, which was designed by fellow All Saints congregation member Catherine Hammant, costs £5.99 and is available from the church.

Proceeds will go to church funds.



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