Good News in the Dales
Bird conservationists have welcomed good news this week after a pair of peregrine falcons in the Yorkshire Dales was able to hatch offspring. Under the guard of park rangers and volunteers from the RSPB, the pair of peregrine falcons have been nesting at Malham Cove in the beautiful upland area of northern England. The birds of prey started nesting at Malham Cove 18 years ago and have raised 37 chicks since then. A special free peregrine watch point has been set up near the Cove, but the nest itself is tucked out of view. Last year the viewpoint, manned by RSPB staff, attracted 16,500 visitors in 2010. However this year visitors are being asked to try and not get too close to the site, in order to play their part in helping out the nesting process.