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Peregrine falcons in Rochdale

​​Peregrine falcons have nested outside the clock tower at Rochdale Town Hall since 2008. The birds have attracted considerable public interest and they are regularly seen soaring above Rochdale town centre hunting for food. A nesting area was built for the birds 9 years ago, helping to provide them a safe haven to sleep, breed and raise their young. As the tallest building in Rochdale town centre, the town hall reflects the peregrine's natural habitat to breed and hunt prey.

Our recent award winning Revealing the Roch project was praised for renaturalising the river and helping to bring wildlife back to the town centre. More about Revealing the Roch.

Live webcam

See the birds progress throughout the nesting period as they raise their young at the top of Rochdale's most historic building.

​Website and social media updates

As well as the live webcam, you can follow the birds' progress on Facebook and Twitter using the Twitter hashtag #rochfalcons

Nesting period

The birds are most active at the start of the breeding season from February and March. Egg-laying typically occurs by the end of March to early April, with hatching occurring during the first week of May. Once hatched, the chicks are likely to take their first flight within 6 weeks.

Falcon facts

  • Peregrines are the world's fastest living creatures, often reaching speeds of 200mph in stoop.
  • They feed off medium-sized birds, such as wading birds, pigeons and small ducks.
  • 60 years ago the birds nearly died out across the northern hemisphere. The numbers recovered and there are estimated to be 1500 breeding pairs in the UK.
  • Peregrines are increasingly found breeding on tall buildings in towns and cities, as well as on hedges and cliffs. The peregrine is afforded the highest degree of legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. 
  • It's an offence to intentionally take, injure or kill a peregrine or to take, damage or destroy its nest, eggs or young. It is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb the birds close to their nest during the breeding season. Violation of the law can attract fines up to £5,000 per offence and/or a prison sentence of up to 6 months. 

 

Events

Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors
02 April 2017
Every Sunday (or Monday on bank holiday weekends​) until 18 September 2016. One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events.
Rochdale Wedding Show
02 April 2017
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
The Freedom Programme for women (URDU Only) - Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association
03 April 2017
An awareness raising and empowerment programme about domestic abuse for women. Just 2 hours a week could change your life!
Another Taste of France - Friends of Balderstone Library
03 April 2017
Another Taste of France by Ken Haynes.
Swoop in for Easter, Littleborough Library
04 April 2017
Wise Owl Bird of Prey Demonstration and Easter model hot air balloon workshop.
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale library
07 April 2017
Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you.
Storytime with Sue, Middleton Library
13 April 2017
An exciting Storytime for Children aged 5-9 and their parents
World Book Night Eve with David Mark
22 April 2017
This year we're celebrating World Book Night the evening before! !
Go Green at Balderstone library
08 May 2017
Go Green Day at Balderstone library. Join us to raise money for Springhill Hospice.