Wildlife lovers will be able to keep up to speed with the goings-on of the world’s fastest creatures, thanks to a new blog.
One of Malham's peregrine falcons in flight
Malham Cove’s famous peregrine falcons get their own news website this year, with the latest facts about the Yorkshire Dales’ most observed family. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will also be mounting powerful telescopes on the birds’ nest so visitors can see the raptors at close quarters.
The peregrines have been crowd pullers at Malham for the past few years. They nest on the 90m limestone crag and usually rear young at the site.
Ian Court, the YDNPA’s species officer, said: “A pair of peregrines is already wowing visitors and we are expecting another busy season this year, especially if the birds follow the pattern of previous seasons and rear young.
“Last year nearly 30,000 visitors came to the peregrine watch area and that was despite us losing many viewing days through appalling weather.
“This year, if the weather stays fine, we hope even more people will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the peregrines.”
The Peregrine Watch station opens this weekend and is staffed through from 21 March until 27 July and again from 23 to 31 August from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Matthew Capper, the RSPB’s people engagement officer, said: “The stunning backdrop of Malham Cove is an ideal setting within which to watch these magnificent birds in action.
“We just hope that, as in previous years, people take advantage of the facilities we and the National Park Authority have laid on so they can see the birds close up.”
The blog will appear on the Yorkshire Dales website.