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Peregrine chicks come out of hiding

Peregrine chicks come out of hiding

Published at 2:16pm 15th June 2016. (Updated at 2:18pm 15th June 2016)

The two chicks of peregrine falcons at Malham Cove have taken their first flights.

Staff and volunteers from the RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are running a special viewpoint where visitors can watch the chicks and their parents.

Jon Carter, RSPB Face to Face Area Manager, said: "Now is the perfect time to come and see the young peregrines taking to the air.

"They are discovering just what their powerful wings are for and have been spotted swooping and playing above us, as well as perching out on the iconic ledges of Malham Cove. It's the ideal backdrop for visitors to witness these famously fast falcons in action."

Ian Court, National Park Authority Wildlife Conservation Officer, added: "It is fantastic news that once again the peregrines have managed to raise a brood at Malham Cove. This is now the 20th year that a pair have been successful, proving just what an important site this is for these magnificent birds of prey.

"We are now looking forward to several weeks of spectacular views as these young birds practice their flying skills in and around the Cove."

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 being asked to follow any on-site signage.

Along with the peregrines, they can see other wildlife including green woodpeckers, house martins and little owls.

The viewpoint is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm Saturday to Wednesday (weather permitting) until 31 July.

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