Five peregrine falcon chicks have successfully fledged in sites in the Yorkshire Dales covered by voluntary access agreements.
Clint and Gryke, the most famous pair, produced two chicks at Malham Cove, under the gaze of thousands of visitors and plenty of climbers. Other chicks were reared at Langcliffe Quarry and Blue Scar.
Peregrine falcons Clint and Gryke. Picture by Carl Watts/RSPB
The figures were discussed at a meeting between British Mountaineering Council (BMC) representatives and staff from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, along with representatives from Natural England, the new Government quango, and the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union. The BMC reps told the meeting they’d commissioned an independent ecological report into the Langcliffe and Blue Scar sites and the park authority says it will look again at the existing arrangements.
Access to the Great Wolfrey bouldering crag near Grimwith reservoir continues to be a problem, with rangers having to remove barbed wire which restricted access to the right-to-roam area. Park staff say they will contact the owner to make sure the wire doesn’t reappear.
The BMC’s regional access database is now online. You can check on whether a crag has any seasonal restrictions by typing a search into the box. It will also tell you the latest information on routes and whether the crag is on access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act.