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On Peregrine watch at the viewing point at Malham Cove

Peregrine falcons at Malham Cove

Malham Peregrine Project 2024 – Update

We are pleased to announce that the Malham Peregrine Project is back for spring and summer 2024!

The project team will be on hand with telescopes to show visitors the resident peregrines, as well as a range of other bird species present at Malham Cove, on the following dates:

  • 7 – 8 June 2024
  • 21 – 22 June 2024
  • 5 – 6 July 2024
  • 12 – 13 July 2024

The viewpoint will be open from 10.30 am to 4.15 pm, weather permitting.

So come along and pay us a visit and see one of the most spectacular birds in the Dales!

The peregrine falcon is one of Britain’s most impressive birds of prey. Since 1993 they have nested at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) run the viewpoint so you can see these wonderful hunters of the sky along with many other upland birds.

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How to get there

From Malham National Park Centre it is just under a mile to walk to Malham Cove. Walk through the village and join the wheelchair accessible footpath across fields (signposted to the Cove).

What to wear

There is no shelter at Malham Cove, so please were outdoor clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

How you can help protect peregrines

Peregrines are fully protected by law. It is a criminal offence to disturb them at or near the nest.

The British Mountaineering Council is once again actively promoting temporary climbing restrictions so climbers do not get too close to the nest site. An area at the top of the cliff has been roped off to stop people walking down onto the large ledge. This is to prevent any potential disturbance to the nesting birds and hopefully, later in the season, their young.

North Yorkshire Police ask visitors to help play their part in this year’s nesting attempt by following on-site notices and not getting too close to the nest site.

Landowner permission is required before flying drones from any land.  To prevent disturbance to the nesting peregrines, please do not fly any drones at the Cove.

Malham National Park Centre

Found as you enter Malham village from the south, Malham National Park Centre (grid reference SD 900627) has a large car park (charges apply), toilets, an exhibition telling the story of Malham Cove, tourist information services and a shop. The opening times of the Centre can be found on the Malham National Park Centre page.

People with disabilities can park at Malham and there are also RADAR toilet facilities.

Contact details

Contact Malham National Park Centre by calling 01969 652380 or emailing