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Peregrine falcon chick rearing habits on show in Scarborough

Peregrine falcon at Scarborough. Picture: Steve Race
Image caption The craggy outcrops and secluded ledges of Scarborough cliffs offer perfect nesting places

The chick rearing habits of one of the fastest species of birds can be viewed in Scarborough this summer.

The peregrine falcon can raise three to four chicks a year and has been a resident of the town for the last six years.

There are only 1,300 breeding pairs of the bird of prey in the UK.

The RSPB has installed a special viewing area so the public can watch the birds raise their young during the summer.

The conservation charity says the cliffs at Scarborough, with craggy outcrops and secluded ledges, are a perfect location for the peregrines to nest.

Laura Popely, the RSPB's Scarborough peregrines information assistant, said: "I am really excited about showing people these amazing birds in action as they can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

"We've got great views of the nest from our viewpoint so visitors should be in for an unforgettable experience."

Employees and volunteers will staff the special viewpoint which has been equipped with telescopes and binoculars.

The Scarborough peregrine viewpoint is located on Marine Drive and is staffed every Thursday to Sunday until 17 July.

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