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Nature lovers elated as falcon camera returns

06 March 2020

A baby falcon chick.

The council's popular live webcam, which provides a spectacular eagle-eyed view of the peregrine falcons nesting at Rochdale Town Hall, is back.

Over the next few months thousands of people will avidly follow the lives of the falcons that live at the top of the Grade I-listed building.

Fantastic footage is live-streamed to a specially designed council webpage, providing iconic images from the nesting area.

Nature lovers from across the world enjoy following the dramatic fortunes of the birds, with webcam views from Australia, Canada and the United States amongst others.

Once again a 'name the chick' competition will be held after the youngsters hatch, with an exciting new theme to be announced shortly.

Falcons have nested at the town hall for more than a decade and are regularly seen soaring above the town centre as they hunt for food.

In 2018, the council's award-winning Revealing the Roch project was praised for renaturalisng the river and helping to bring a range of wildlife back to Rochdale town centre.

'We are very proud of our falcons' webcam which has become a much loved part of borough life'

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We are very proud of our falcons' webcam which has become a much loved part of borough life. Over the years the audience has really taken off, as nature lovers enjoy all the action from the nesting area. The birds have made Rochdale's most famous building their home and it attracts interest and positive comments from far and wide.

"Let's hope for plenty of thrills, but not many spills, over the coming months, with an exciting chick naming competition set to spark added interest."