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Tweet for nature lovers as falcon chicks are named

19 June 2018

A falcon in flight.

They already have a bird's eye view of Rochdale and now the falcon chicks nesting at the town hall have names to be proud of.

Our chick naming competition really took off with hundreds of entries flocking in from schools, nature lovers and twitchers across the country.

The final say appropriately went to Twitter, with the winning names plucked out in a special online poll.

Class 4 pupils at Smithy Bridge Primary once again showed an eagle-eye for interesting names for their winning choice of 'BuckBeak'.

Other successful entries for the 3 young chicks, who are all thriving, came from Graham Dorgan who suggested 'Striker' and Siobhan Griffith who chose 'Kevin Beakon'.

A number of local schools entered into the spirit of things, with pupils at St Joseph's Primary School, Heywood making fantastic classroom displays with falcon facts and pictures.

Our live webcam of the falcon nesting area has been a real success story with the number of views soaring to over 10,000 a week.

The falcon chicks have really captivated people

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said: "The falcon chicks have really captivated people with thousands of nature lovers enjoying the spectacle of the birds via our live webcam.

"The competition was fun and engaging, so a huge thanks to everyone who took the time to suggest names for the chicks especially all the young people. It's great to see pupils at Smithy Bridge flying high after submitting a winning entry for a 2nd year in a row!"

The winners will each receive a £20 voucher to spend at Rochdale Town Hall's splendid Clock Tower Restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the borough's most historic building.

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