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Peregrine falcons are nesting at Cheddar Gorge
peregrine falcon with chicks
Here's an idea of what the chicks look like at Cheddar Gorge

A pair of falcons have nested at Cheddar Gorge and are raising three chicks who are now learning to fly.

The adult pair have nested at Cheddar Gorge for the past four years, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

RSPB wardens say the cliffs at Cheddar are an ideal home as they need to swoop from a high position to hunt prey.

The parents are teaching the chicks to hunt and once they mature they will leave the nest by the end of August.

Katy Holvey, an RSPB warden at the Cheddar Caves, said: "The parents will be teaching them to hunt at the moment so they're passing them prey they've caught themselves.

"Unfortunately the chicks aren't very good at holding onto to it, and we've had a couple of instances of pigeons falling out of the sky."

There will be special peregrine watches every Wednesday and Saturday from now until the end of August, from 4pm to 6pm.

The RSPB will also be running a special event on called Peregrines and Pies on 4th August which will involve a guided walk around the gorge followed by pie and mash at Cheddar Cave's Explorer's Cafe Bar.

Talks will also be held about the chicks throughout July at the following venues:

Wed 7 July - Congresbury Memorial Hall

Wed 14 July - Winscombe Church Hall

Wed 21 July - Cheddar Catholic Church Hall

Wed 28 July - Wedmore Village Hall

For more information please call 07739 190657.




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