Go wild with the RSPB in Manchester this spring as the peregrines return

Annabel Rushton

Wednesday 10 April 2019

  • Popular Manchester Peregrine Project – a partnership between the RSPB and Manchester City Council returns for 13th season
  • See the fastest animal on the planet in the heart of the city
  • Manchester Peregrine Project celebrates RSPB’s 130th anniversary with launch of a limited edition bee pin badge for Manchester


It’s ‘eyes to the skies’ as the famous Manchester Peregrine Project returns to the city centre for its 13th season on Saturday 13 April, and the RSPB and Manchester City Council are inviting the public to witness the fastest animal on the planet in action. 

The project has been running since 2007, with thousands of people visiting the RSPB viewpoints in the heart of the city for a closer look at these spectacular birds.

Viewpoints in Exchange Square are being run by the RSPB from Saturday 13 April to Sunday 14 July and can be found every day from 10.30am-6pm. Occasionally they may be set up in other city centre locations when Exchange Square is in other use.

Katy van Woerdekom, RSPB Area Manager for Greater Manchester said: “Peregrines can reach speeds of over 200mph, making them the fastest animals on the planet. We’re delighted to be back in the city helping people to spot them. We get impressive views of them catching feral pigeons in the centre, so whether you are on your way to work, on a day out with your family, browsing the shops or grabbing a bite to eat with friends, we’d love to show you these incredible birds. Keep an eye out for the blue RSPB marquee and banner and come over for a chat.”

As well as it being the 13th season of the popular Manchester Peregrine Project, this year also marks the 130th anniversary of the RSPB, which has its roots firmly in Manchester. The charity was founded by Emily Williamson from her home at Fletcher Moss, Didsbury back in 1889. She campaigned to stop the barbaric trade in bird feathers which was causing the slaughter of millions of birds each year for their use in Victorian fashion. To celebrate their important milestone, the RSPB are launching a limited edition pin badge that will be available at the Manchester Peregrine Project. The pin badge depicts a bee – the iconic wild emblem of Manchester, to highlight the charity’s long-standing connection with the city.

Katy added: “We’re so excited to be launching our Manchester pin badge on the Peregrine Project. We chose the bee as it has such strong relevance for the city, and then we have placed it on a card involving an image of the lovely wildflowers at Fletcher Moss, so it links back to our heritage at the Didsbury site. The pin badge will be available on our stand for a donation of £2. They’re a limited edition and we expect them to be snapped up, so grab yours quick before they buzz off.”

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 project can be found by visiting the Manchester Peregrine Project website here.  

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