Town’s peregrine falcons fail to breed for second year

A peregrine falcon on the cliffs at Scarborough. Picture by Adrian Ewart.
A peregrine falcon on the cliffs at Scarborough. Picture by Adrian Ewart.

Peregrine falcons have failed to produce chicks in Scarborough for the second year running, the RSPB has confirmed.

Crowds of people have visited the viewpoint in Marine Drive, which offers a chance to view the birds, since the Peregrines Date with Nature project started earlier this month.

RSPB staff were hoping for new additions to the town’s peregrine family, but nesting attempts have failed.

Tom Cross, RSPB east coast membership development officer, said: “It is disappointing news. A breeding pair of peregrines has been in the same location in the town for the past seven years, but for the second year running, the nesting attempt has failed. We’re not sure why this has happened as there could be a number of contributing factors, such as the weather.”

However, the charity has stressed their birds are still in the area, with the viewpoint offering the chance to see them in their natural habitat. RSPB staff and volunteers will be on hand at the viewpoint, armed with telescopes and binoculars, every Sunday and Wednesday until July 28, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.