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Peregrine chicks in hiding

Peregrine chicks in hiding

Published at 4:25pm 16th May 2016. (Updated at 4:38pm 16th May 2016)

Staff and volunteers running a special peregrine falcon viewpoint at Malham Cove are still waiting for their first sighting of some new arrivals.

The team from the RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority know that the falcons have some chicks, but the youngsters have not yet put in an appearance.

Ian Court, National Park Authority Wildlife Conservation Officer, said: "The peregrines have done a fantastic job of incubating the eggs throughout the recent cold, wintry weather.

"We have been watching them carefully and we've seen the adults taking food into the nest. That tells us they have chicks, but we don't know how many, as it isn't possible to see into the nest.

"We are looking forward to seeing an increase in activity from the adult birds over the coming weeks, as they provide food for their rapidly growing young."

Visitors to Malham Cove can watch the birds through high-powered telescopes at the viewpoint.

Jon Carter, RSPB Face to Face Area Manager, said: "The recent bad weather has made life very challenging for the peregrines, so it's a big relief and great news that they've successfully incubated the eggs and now have chicks.

"There's going to be lots of peregrine action at the site over the coming weeks, so I'd definitely recommend a visit to anyone who enjoys watching these magnificent birds of prey."

As in previous years, people 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 it.

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

Since it started in 2003, well over 200,000 people have visited the viewpoint, which will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm Saturday to Wednesday (weather permitting) until 31 July.

As well as the peregrines, the viewpoint offers an opportunity to see other wildlife, including green woodpeckers, house martins, redstarts and spotted flycatchers.

Volunteers will be providing weekly updates at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/peregrines and the birds are featured on Twitter.