Charity Leeds Peregrine Walks 2022

See the Leeds Peregrines and help us raise money for raptor charities!

June 2022

The Peregrine Walk

Join us for a short walk to discover our fabulous urban Peregrine Falcons - the fastest animal on the planet! This is the third year that these amazing wild birds have had success breeding in Leeds, and it's the best time in the breeding cycle to watch these stunning apex predators up close. Watching urban Peregrines is an unforgettable experience and all proceeds go to protecting our birds of prey. So don't delay as tickets will be in short supply and BOOK NOW (apologies for shouting, but we are very excited as our Peregrines are fledging)!

The walk will begin in the vicinity of the University of Leeds and will last for about an hour (with a very good chance of extra post-walk viewing for anyone who is keen). We'll explore the neighbourhood and seek out the Falcons. With luck, we should have some good views, although of course they are wild birds and we can't guarantee success. On our last Peregrine walk back in 2019, we were surrounded by fledged Peregrines on all sides, with one of the young birds chasing an adult in circles around us. We didn't know which way to look!

The walk will be led by Paul (@leedsbirder) and Les (@uolperegrine) who have followed the Leeds Peregrines for nearly ten years and will relay stories about watching, ringing and even rescuing the Peregrines after they have fledged! We know the birds favourite perches and have telescopes that you will be able to view the Falcons with. You are welcome to bring your own optics and cameras if you wish, but it's not necessary if you don't have any.

The walk costs £12 per person to attend and all proceeds (except for online payment fees) will go to two raptor charities. North Yorkshire is sadly the worst county in the country for raptor persecution and we need to do something about it! In the uplands, our Peregrines, Hen Harriers and other birds of prey are illegally shot or poisoned by gamekeepers. This needs to stop and your donation will help! All proceeds from the walks will go to two fantastic raptor causes: First up is Jean Thorpe who runs the fabulous Ryedale Wildlife Rehabilitation. Jean nurses injured raptors back to health for release into the wild. Secondly we have the Wildlife Crime Investigation Unit of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, who work tirelessly to monitor and protect our raptors, and identify the criminals who persecute them. In previous years we have raised hundreds of pounds to help our raptors, but sadly they are still under threat and they still need our help.

Children are welcome on the walk, but note that there may be periods of waiting around for Peregrine action (and there may be views of Peregrines eating prey) so it may not suit young kids. There are some busy roads in the vicinity so caution is required at all times and your safety is your responsibility. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs. Parking is possible both on the street and paid for at the University - it is your responsibility to park safely and legally. Alternatively it is about 20 minutes walk from Leeds train station - a much better way to travel! Please arrive in good time! The meeting location will be emailed to you after you have made a booking.

We may need  to cancel or rearrange walks at short notice due to the weather or other factors outside of our control, so please be prepared in case this happens, and check your email before setting off for the walk.

Places are strictly limited and *must* be booked in advance. To book, select a time below and follow instructions to confirm your place and may a payment: