Visitors to Manchester city centre have just two weeks left to get up close to the cities’ popular pair of peregrine falcons.
For the twelfth year running, RSPB staff and volunteers have been running special, free viewpoints where visitors can watch the spectacular birds in action. The viewpoints, which opened in April, will close on 15 July and won’t re-open until next year.
Katy van Woerdekom, RSPB Area Manager said: “It’s been a dramatic year for Manchester’s famously fast falcons. After getting our hopes up with the female laying eggs at the start of the season, to those eggs sadly disappearing through natural causes, there have been lots of ups and downs. Although they sadly didn’t breed this year, these birds have provided hours of pleasure for the people watching them, and hundreds of people of all ages have taken the opportunity to get closer to them in Exchange Square. 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 excitement to a day working or shopping in the city.”
The Manchester Peregrine Project is a partnership between the RSPB and Manchester City Council. Viewpoints in Exchange Square are being run by the RSPB from now until Sunday 15 July and can be found every day from 10.30am-6pm. Occasionally viewpoints may be set up in other city centre locations when Exchange Square is in other use.
Regular peregrine updates can be found via Twitter (@RSPBmanchester) where the public can also report any peregrine activity they see 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 - www.justgiving.com/mcrperegrines.