The famous Manchester peregrines are back for their eleventh season of entertainment in the city and the RSPB and Manchester City Council are inviting the public to witness them in action.
The Manchester Peregrines Date with Nature project has been running since 2007, with thousands of people visiting the RSPB viewpoints for a closer look.
The RSPB viewpoints are running from Saturday 15 April to Sunday 16 July and can be found everyday in various locations across the city centre from 10 am-6 pm.
Marc Whiteside-Ehlen, RSPB Area Manager said: "It's a privilege to have these incredible birds right here in the heart of Manchester, so whether you are on your way to work, browsing the shops or grabbing a bite to eat, we'd love to show them to you - keep an eye out for the RSPB marquee and come over for a chat." Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Rosa Battle said: "It's so exciting to have the Manchester Peregrine Date with Nature project back in the city for its eleventh year. As the fastest animal on the planet, capable of reaching speeds of around 200 mph, Peregrines are incredible birds. This project is a great way to show just how important cities can be for wildlife and we will continue to work with the RSPB, to help residents get in touch with nature."
Regular peregrine updates can be found via Twitter (@RSPBmanchester) and the RSPB North West Facebook page (facebook.com/RSPBNorthWest). The public are invited to report any peregrine activity they see to these pages too.
The project forms part of the RSPB's Date with Nature programme of events, which make rare and spectacular wildlife accessible for everyone to see. To help support the peregrine project in Manchester, please make a donation through the Just Giving page - justgiving.com/mcrperegrines.
More information on the Date with Nature can be found by visiting rspb.org.uk/datewithnature and clicking on the Manchester peregrines page in the 'Find a date' tab.