Visitors to Malham have just two weeks left to get up close to the Cove's popular pair of peregrine falcons.
For the fourteenth year running, RSPB and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) staff and volunteers have been running a special, free viewpoint where visitors can watch the spectacular birds in action through high powered telescopes. The viewpoint, which opened in March, will close on 31 July and won't re-open until next year.
Jon Carter, RSPB Face to Face Area Manager said: "These famously fast falcons have provided hours of pleasure for the people watching them. The birds are a fantastic presence at Malham Cove and thousands of people of all ages have taken the opportunity to get closer to them. With only two weeks to go until the viewpoint closes, we hope many more visitors will come and enjoy seeing the peregrine activity - it certainly adds extra value and excitement to a day exploring the area."
The RSPB and YDNPA viewpoint is running until 31 July and can be found at Malham Cove from 10.30 am-4.30 pm Saturdays to Wednesdays inclusive (weather permitting).
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Wildlife Conservation OfficerIan Court added: "The peregrine family are still present and showing well at the Cove, so it is the perfect opportunity to head over to Malham and see them for yourselves. The two young birds are now mastering their flying skills and will often put on a spectacular display as they hurtle around the Cove - often right over head."
Volunteers at the viewpoint provide weekly updates on a special National Park Authority Facebook site Nature in The Dales www.facebook.com/natureinthedales, there are more details on the website at www.malhamperegrines.org.uk and the birds are featured on Twitter using @malhamperegrine.