Manchester Peregrines move house

April 26, 2010

The property market may be in a slump but this has not stopped Manchester’s most famous birds of prey from moving to a new home.

After four years nesting in a secret location in the city centre, the Manchester peregrines have now taken up residence in a penthouse-style nest on a high-up ledge on the Grade II-listed CIS Tower.

At 118 metres tall, the CIS Tower - home of The Co-operative Financial Services, which is the second highest building in Manchester, making it a natural choice of home for the birds who favour living at high altitudes.

Rod Bulmer, Managing Director, Retail, The Co-operative Financial Services, says: “We fitted a special housing nest to encourage the peregrines to move in 5 years ago and we are very happy to hear our efforts have finally paid off. All of us at The Co-operative are really pleased to offer the peregrines and their future chicks a home”.

Although it is not possible to get a close-up view of the nest at the moment, experts believe the female is currently incubating a clutch of eggs in her new deluxe pad.

Peregrines are the jet fighters of the bird world and are listed in Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest animal with a flight speed of more than 200 miles per hour.

From Wednesday 28 April, visitors, shoppers and commuters will be given the opportunity to watch these spectacular birds fly above city centre at a special peregrine view point in Exchange Square.

Staff and volunteers from the RSPB will be on hand with power telescopes and binoculars everyday (weather / location availability permitting) from 11am to 6pm until the chicks fledge in early July.

Clare Reed, the RSPB’s people engagement officer in Manchester said: “Peregrines are one of the most fascinating birds of prey to watch in action. I’d recommend anyone interested in seeing these record-breaking birds in action to drop by at our viewpoint and see them in their full glory.” 

The Manchester Peregrine project is run as part of the RSPB’s Date with Nature programme of events, which make rare and spectacular birds accessible for everyone to see. 


For further information or to arrange an interview contact:
Alejandra Solis
The Co-operative Financial Services Press Office
Tel: 0161 903 3808
Email : alejandra.solis@cfs.coop
Twitter: @CFSpressteam

 

PEREGRINE FALCON FACT FILE

  • The peregrine is the largest of British breeding falcon. It is 38-48 cm long, and its wingspan is 95-110 cm. The female is considerably larger than the male. The upper parts are dark blue-grey, and the under parts are pale with fine, dark bars. The head has a black ‘hood’ with black moustache-like markings on the face. Juvenile birds are browner and heavily streaked below
  • Peregrines typically pair for several years and may live up to 10 years old - the oldest on record was 15 years and 6 months old
  • Both adult birds tend the young, which take their first flight after 5 or 6 weeks
  • Peregrines feed on medium sized birds, which they catch in high-speed aerial stoops – although more often than not they fail to make a kill
  • Peregrine numbers crashed in the 1960s due to the impact of pesticides.  Peregrines have now increased in numbers, to about 1,300 breeding pairs in the UK.