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Monday, 25 March 2013

Visitors will swoop to get a look at Malham's peregrine falcons

Visitors to Malham Cove will again have the opportunity of a bird’s eye view of the fastest animal on the planet.

The RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are providing high-powered telescopes at the bottom of the cove for visitors to get up close with a pair of peregrine falcons.

The birds have recorded speeds of more than 200 miles an hour – about three times as fast as a cheetah. 

The free viewpoint will be open from Saturday 30 March until Wednesday 31 July and will be run by RSPB and national park staff and volunteers from Saturdays to Wednesday between 10.30am and 4.30pm weather permitting.

Peregrines started nesting at the spot 20 years ago and since then they have raised more than 40 young. As in previous years, visitors are being asked to stay away from the nest site and the British Mountaineering Council has once again agreed to impose temporary, voluntary rock climbing restrictions around the nesting site.

An area at the top of the cliff has also been sealed off and visitors are asked to follow any signs.

More information about the Malham peregrines can be found at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/peregrines.

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