Peregrine Falcons in London

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On the days we venture out into London to see a new attraction, or just wander and explore, we usually end up outside The Tate Modern on the South Bank of the Thames. No, not for the art, but we will make it inside soon ( it’s free),  instead we take advantage of an amazing opportunity to see Peregrine Falcons in London. It was a chance find for us, one that has drawn us back time after time.

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I couldn’t get a shot of the real peregrine falcons in London, so this will have to do! The boys love going along for a quick peek.

The RSPB have set up a few high-powered telescopes outside the old Bankside Power Station that now houses the Tate Modern. They’re busy down there for the summer, educating and spreading the word about British wildlife, for free.

That said, they’d appreciate a donation if you have some spare cash.

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That’s where our peregrine is hanging out, on the ledge high above the Tate Modern.

It’s a great opportunity to see the fastest bird in the world in the heart of one of Europe’s greenest cities. Just for the record, peregrine falcons can reach up to 440 Km / hour in a stoop, my kids told me that. There are thought to be 25 breeding pairs of peregrines within the M25, the bird hanging out at the Tate is a male, he and his mate have 2 chicks on the other side of the river.

If you’d like to find out more about peregrines have a look at the RSPB website.

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Pretty good telescopes! Thanks RSPB for a great opportunity.

We think it’s brilliant that they’re doing this, giving kids and adults a chance to appreciate what’s right above their heads but so rarely noticed. So thanks RSPB, you do a great job. We’re hoping to get along to one of the two RSPB reserves in London, at Rye Meads or Rainham Marshes, before we move on again.

If you’re in London, you’re sure to end up on the South Bank at some point, for The Clink Prison Museum, The Golden Hind, The London Eye, the Aquarium, Borough Market or just for the walk, the fun atmosphere and the view. Make sure you have a quick look at the peregrines, it’s cool!

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

4 thoughts on “Peregrine Falcons in London”

  1. Hi, I’m one of the RSPB’s volunteers at the Tate and I’m so pleased you enjoy watching the birds with us. We have great fun showing them and its always good to hear what people think about what we do. So thanks, and keep coming back. C

    • It’s the sort of thing I put on my homeschooling site, Homeschool Group Hug, Heidi. But finding the time is a massive problem at the moment, I’m working stupidly hard to keep this blog ticking over and performing as well as it can.

  2. You guys really do find fun in the everyday things. Love that about you. Will keep any eye on the skies next time Im in London 🙂


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