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Peregrine Falcon Viewpoint To Open
A peregrine falcon at Malham Cove, taken during the 2018 breeding season. Photo by Dave Dimmock
A viewpoint will open at Malham Cove on Friday for people to watch the world’s fastest animal, the peregrine falcon, up close.

The opening will mark the start of the 17th year of the Malham Peregrine Project, a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the RSPB.

The free public viewpoint is at the base of the Cove, where Information Assistants and a team of volunteers will be on hand to show people the birds through telescopes.

It will be open from 10:30 to 16:30 five days a week, from Thursday to Monday (closed Tues and Weds), from Fri 5th April until Mon 5th August.

A new dedicated Malham Peregrine Project Facebook group has been set up for the sharing of up-to-date news during the season.

Anyone wishing to join can visit the Nature in the Dales Facebook page. RSPB Area Manager Anthony Hills said:

"We’re excited for another season at Malham Cove. As the fastest animal on the planet, the peregrines are incredible to watch. Each year there is something new to discover about these special birds and it is like a soap opera watching them raise their family on the Cove face.

"And it’s not just the peregrines either, we get regular views of other wonderful wildlife such as green woodpeckers, redstarts, wheatears and kestrels."

YDNPA’s Wildlife Conservation Officer Ian Court added:

"It is great that we are approaching the start of another Malham Peregrine Project season at Malham Cove. The staff and volunteers are all set to watch the story of the Malham peregrines unfold over the next few months, and look forward to welcoming visitors to the site. The viewpoint offers some spectacular opportunities of seeing peregrine falcons against the majestic back drop of Malham Cove."

Follow the project on Twitter for regular updates: www.twitter.com/malhamperegrine

Peregrine Falcon Viewpoint To Open, 29th March 2019, 17:40 PM