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Beeston Peregrine Watch

The sight of peregrine falcons gracing the skies over the Sandstone Ridge is an unforgettable experience. These are the fasting creatures on the planet, reaching speeds of up to 200 mph (320km/hr) as they dive after woodpigeons and other prey.

These spectacular birds have been nesting on a rocky outcrop on Beeston Castle's clifftop for over 25 years, with the support and protection of dedicated birdwatchers and conservationists. This round the clock protection is necessary during the breeding season to thwart the efforts of thieves who want to steal the eggs and fledglings.

The birds typically rear 2-3 chicks each year. Each years' chicks are ringed by the Merseyside Ringing Group, which doesn't' harm the birds but provides valuable information about their movements and behaviour.

The Beeston Peregrine Watch is co-ordinated by the Broxton Barn Owl Group, in association with English Heritage, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), local birdwatching groups and Cheshire Police.

If you would like to support this worthwhile effort and, in the process, have terrific views of these wonderful birds, then contact Steven Prince on email steven.prince@talktalk.net or phone 01829 770525.