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Peregrine Falcons at Malham Cove
Malham, Skipton, South Dales

Details for Peregrine Falcons at Malham Cove

Peregrine Falcons can be seen in their natural habitat at Malham Cove. These magnificent birds of prey have made their home amongst the rock cliffs of the cove and are protected during the breeding season to allow them to survive here. 

Bird watchers and nature lovers delight in the sighting of such magnificent birds as the Peregrine Falcon, and at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales there have been breeding pairs of Peregrines for quite a number of years now. Some of the pairs of birds are thought to have bred several times and have created record breaking numbers of young. However this has not always been the case and there was a time in the nineteen fifties when numbers fell dramatically due to the use of pesticides by farmers creating problems with the shells of the eggs, causing them to damage easily during incubation and thus fail to produce chicks. The good news is that the improvements in environmental awareness has led to an increase in numbers once again.

To protect this special species there are restrictions in place during the nesting season which prohibit climbers from disturbing the nest sites. Viewing is encouraged however and there are designated viewing areas at the foot of the cove, close to the village, which are well signposted and easily accessible by all. There are also many other bird species to observe and the site is always well visited by enthusiasts. The Peregrines tolerate their numerous visitors surprisingly well and as their numbers increase they attract more visitors to this delightful part of the country, which has to be good news for the tourist industry and the local businesses.


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