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A press release from the RSPB informs me that  prior to this weekend the number of people who have now viewed Malham Cove’s peregrine falcons through the society’s telescope there has now reached 100,000. Matthew Capper, the RSPB’s People Engagement Officer (you couldn’t make it up, could you?), tells me: “Now is an excellent time to visit the Cove as visitors over the next few weeks can expect to see an increasing amount of activity as the parent birds will be spending more and more time providing food for the youngsters.”
With the arrival of four chicks adding to the show, together with fine weather, the viewing figures are bound to swell rapidly. Which is one of the reasons why I headed to Malham after the majority of day trippers had left the area on Saturday. I wasn’t lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent bird in flight this time but any trip to the area is always worth it. My picture, taken just above the cove, has a slight tinge of orange from the late sun which sets off the limestone against the green. Yorkshire really is wonderful.
* The site is open every day between 10.30am and 4.30pm (weather permitting) until 30 August.
Visit: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/peregrines-blog.htm
There are up-to-the minute ‘tweets’ available on the malhamperegrine Twitter feed.
On Facebook, Malham Peregrine Watch is the group page.

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