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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

The Freedom Programme for women (URDU Only) - Rochdale Women’s Welfare Association
27 February 2017
An awareness raising and empowerment programme about domestic abuse for women. Just 2 hours a week could change your life!
​Digital Skills for Jobs, Rochdale library
21 March 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.
Help transform local health and care services
23 March 2017
The way that health and social care services are currently being delivered cannot continue. We need you to help us plan and make changes for the next 5 years.
King Lear drama workshop for children, Rochdale Central Library
25 March 2017
Children aged 7-12 are invited to celebrate Shakespeare Week with an exciting introduction to King Lear.
Mother
25 March 2017
Mother’s Day craft event for children.
Cakes and Bakes Day, Littleborough Library
27 March 2017
Help us raise funds for Wise Owl Bird of Prey Rescue. Drop in throughout the day for tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes.
Youth Service Volunteering
28 March 2017
The youth service is looking for volunteers to work with young people in the borough. Have you got any skills to share with the younger generation?
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.