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Treat for nature lovers as falcon chick naming competition launched

27 May 2020

An adult peregrine falcon in flight.

The council's annual name the peregrine falcon chick competition has been launched after 2 chicks successful hatched in the nesting area at Rochdale Town Hall.

Nature lovers are being challenged to come up with interesting names for the young birds, whose progress is followed by thousands of people on the council's live webcam.

Entries flocked in from across the UK and beyond in 2019, with judges voting the winning names as 'Pegasus' 'Swoop dog' and 'Tweety Pioneer'.

The deadline for competition entries is midnight on Sunday, 14 June 2020, with winning entries announced by Monday, 22 June 2020.

Peregrine falcons have nested at Rochdale Town Hall since 2008 and, since 2016, the webcam has shown live footage of the birds enjoying life at the top of the Grade I-listed building.

'We are very proud of our work to promote the lives of the peregrine falcons'

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, said: "We are very proud of our work to promote the lives of the peregrine falcons. It has provided a good deal of interest to residents and, in particular, local schools. Our falcons' information is one of the most read pages on our website, with avid followers from the USA, Australia and Canada and many other countries."

She added. "The falcon webcam has really helped get a positive message about our borough to a global audience. I am expecting added interest in the competition this year, which will hopefully provide a nice focal point for people during the lockdown. As always, the judges will be open minded on the names, but I would suggest the quirkier the better, so get your thinking caps on and let's see those entries flooding in."

How to submit your names

Suggestions for chick names can be:

Find full details on how to enter and all the competition terms and conditions on our Falcons page