Bird-watching sessions return

Following last year’s Scarborough peregrine season, the RSPB is returning to give more visitors the opportunity to see the birds of prey.

The RSPB, with support from Scarborough Council, will be showcasing these birds over the course of the breeding season.

In 2011, visitors arriving at the viewpoint on Marine Drive experienced the sight of the peregrines as they raised three chicks in their cliff-ledge home.

The signs this year are good, as the peregrines have been seen mating and it is thought the female is currently incubating eggs with hatching expected to take place this week or next.

From Friday May 11, staff and volunteers from the conservation organisation will be manning the Marine Drive viewpoint, kitted out with powerful telescopes and binoculars.

Heather Davison, the RSPB’s Scarborough Peregrine Date with Nature assistant, said: “Marine Drive is a brilliant place to experience wildlife, from peregrines to porpoises.

“It’s addictive viewing and we weren’t surprised that so many people made repeat visits last year, especially as you can get such great close-up views.”

Martin Watherston, Scarborough Council’s outdoor leisure manager said: “The peregrine viewpoint on Marine Drive is now established as a firm favourite on Scarborough’s calendar of event.”

The Scarborough peregrine viewpoint is located at Marine Drive and is staffed every Friday to Monday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm until July 15.