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Enjoy a front row seat at the Scarborough peregrine air show

Last modified: 19 May 2016

Adult peregrine in flight

Image: Steve Round

Visitors to the East Yorkshire coast are being offered a fantastic opportunity to get a close up view of a family of peregrine falcons, thanks to the RSPB and Scarborough Borough Council.

Peregrine Watch Scarborough aims to give nature lovers an unrivalled view of a pair of resident peregrines living on the cliffs close to Scarborough town centre. RSPB volunteer, Adrian Ewart, is currently spending his days on Marine Drive, monitoring the peregrine falcons as they raise their chicks on the cliffs.

Adrian said: “I live in Scarborough and have been photographing the Scarborough peregrines for over nine years. The male is 8-9 years old, while the female – who is ringed and has been tracked from Lancashire – is now in her third year at the Scarborough site.

“After three failed breeding seasons, the pair had three chicks last year which all fledged successfully, and we’re hoping to see similar success this year.”

Adrian will be on hand two to three days a week (weather dependent) with telescopes and information about the peregrines. The RSPB will also be joining Adrian on Marine Drive on 10 and 14 June, between 10.30 am and 3 pm.

The Peregrine Falcon is a large, crow-sized bird, with a blue-grey back, barred white underparts, and a black head and ‘moustache’. It can fly more than 322 km/h (200 mph), which means it is the fastest animal in the world. As with ther bird-eating raptors, the female is bigger than the male.

Scarborough Borough Council has supported the peregrine watch for a number of years, allowing the RSPB to park on Marine Drive to enable them to show visitors and residents of Scarborough these fantastic birds.

Andrew Williams, from Scarborough Borough Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with the RSPB to provide the opportunity for local people and visitors alike to view these fantastic birds high on the cliffs above Marine Drive.”

To keep up to date with the Scarborough peregrines progress, and to find out when Adrian or someone from the RSPB will be on hand, follow the Peregrine Watch Scarborough Facebook page - www.facebook.com/peregrinewatch

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