Dales peregrine viewpoint to stay open extra four weeks

Visitors to Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales have been granted an extra four weeks to see the resident peregrine falcons in flight from a specialist viewing platform, following the early summer wash-out.

The viewpoint, which is run jointly each year by the RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) was due to close yesterday, but it has been announced it will now stay open until August 27. Peregrines started nesting at Malham Cove 19 years ago and since then have raised 40 young.

The two adult birds currently nesting on the rock face have this year produced two chicks, with visitors able to watch through high-powered telescopes.

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Ian Court, the YDNPA’s wildlife conservation officer, said: “Despite the terrible weather, it has been another successful year for the falcons.

“Poor weather in April can be potentially very dangerous for
the chicks because they can get wet and chilled and eventually die.

“But the two reared here have not only survived but are doing really well, which is fantastic news.”

Carolyn Jarvis, from the RSPB, said: “We are really happy we can keep the project going for another month.”

The viewpoint opens each week from Saturday to Wednesday between 10.30am and 4.30pm.