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Last chance to see the stars of Malham Cove

Last modified: 14 July 2017

Adult peregrine in flight

Image: Steve Round

People are being urged to visit Malham Cove to see a pair of Peregrine Falcons – and their three young – before a public viewpoint closes in two weeks’ time.

The young are still dependent on their parents for food, meaning that they are still in and around the Cove – and putting on ‘spectacular’ displays.

“All three young are still learning the flying and hunting skills that will enable them to survive once they leave the Cove. The views of the siblings as they chase each other about are nothing short of spectacular,” said the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Wildlife Conservation Officer, Ian Court.

“It is a privilege to be in such a stunning location as Malham Cove and watch this happen right above our heads.”    

The free viewpoint is open Saturdays to Wednesdays (closed Thursdays and Fridays) until Sunday 30 July.  Information Assistants and a team of volunteers are on hand to show people the birds through telescopes.

The Peregrines are not the only birds raising young at Malham Cove.  The first young Redstarts of the year have been seen.  It’s hoped that in the next few weeks, their numbers will increase and visitors will be able to watch family parties as the Redstarts feed around the viewpoint.   The young Green Woodpeckers, meanwhile, are on the brink of leaving their nest.

Paul Brady from the RSPB said: “It’s a busy time of year in nature with parents raising their young, so there is plenty to see at Malham. This year’s three peregrine chicks are still mastering their hunting skills, with the adults teaching them what to do. This famous falcon family are already delighting visitors to Malham Cove with their aerial antics. It’s only a few weeks until the viewpoint closes for this season, so we hope many more people will come to see these popular birds in action before the end of July.”

The viewpoint is part of the Malham Peregrine Project, a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the RSPB. The latest information can be found at:

 

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