Monday 6th December

St Giles’ Cathedral’s roof was the last recorded nesting site of wild white storks for 600 years. In 1416, it was noted by Walter Bower, that the pair ‘of storks came to Scotland and built a nest on top of the Church of St Giles in Edinburgh¹ and stayed here for a part of a year; but where they flew off afterwards is unknown.‘  

Though storks are no longer a common sight in Britain, they are sometimes seen passing through while they migrate, 2020 did bring some good news for the species. Some white stork chicks hatched in the Knepp estate in West Sussex. A fitting symbol, one of hope and rebirth. Maybe one day, storks will return to the tower of St Giles’.