Hat-trick for Manchester peregrine pair with three chicks flying high

Monday 19 June 2017

Excitement has been caused by some new arrivals in the city - the famous Manchester peregrine pair have successfully raised three chicks this year, and the public are being encouraged to visit the viewpoint to see them in action.

The news is welcomed by the RSPB and Manchester City Council who have been running the Manchester Peregrine Date with Nature project, which aims to bring the public closer to these remarkable birds, since 2007.

Marc Whiteside-Ehlen, RSPB Area Manager said: "It is fantastic that the peregrines have had three chicks this year. Peregrines had successfully nested in Manchester every year since the project began, but last year they sadly failed to breed. This makes the news this year even more exciting! The chicks were recently ringed and given a health check, which confirmed that all three of them are female. We'll be watching them closely over the next few weeks as they fly above the city learning how to hunt."

Last year, thanks to Handsfree Group sponsoring and installing a camera, the general public were able to watch the peregrine nest, and it was clear to see that they sadly hadn't bred. However, this year, the peregrines decided to nest in a different location, on the CIS Tower, which, without the camera, has made it more difficult to determine how the nest was getting on until the health check and ringing was carried out.

Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: "The peregrine viewpoint offers Mancunians the opportunity to get a glimpse of the fastest bird in the world, right here in our city centre. Make sure you pay them a visit, to spot the three chicks and their parents flying across our skies. "This project is just one of the ways in which the RSPB are helping to connect Manchester residents with our fantastic local wildlife."

The RSPB viewpoints are running Mondays-Saturdays until Saturday 15 July and can be found everyday in various locations across the city centre from 10 am-6 pm.

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' section.

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

Tagged with: Country: England Topic: Birds of prey