Discover the Dales

Bird Watching

Peregrine Falcon

The peregrine falcon is renowned for their speed and distinctive hunting stoop. It has been recorded that the Peregrine Falcons can reach speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour when hunting its prey – this makes them the fasted species of the animal kingdom.

The Peregrine Falcon is one of the most exciting birds of prey to inhabit the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are over 20 known nesting sites throughout the Dales, but, for protection of the birds not all sites are published. The best known site is the limestone cliffs of Malham Cove, where the Peregrine Falcons can be seen nesting on the limestone cliffs.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has established viewpoints at Malham Cove so that guests can view these magnificent birds of prey in their natural environment. Each viewpoint is manned by a park warden every Saturday to Wednesday during the breading season from the 5th April to 3rd August.

Peregrine Falcon Facts
• Peregrine Falcon mate for life.
• They are the fasts species in the animal kingdom.
• Their prey is medium sized birds.

Peregrine Falcon