Brussels: the city of the Peregrine
April 2018: time for a new Spring full of observations and discoveries!
They had completely disappeared in Belgium and in most areas in Europe. The culprits: poaching, hunting, habitat disruption, but most of all the use of pesticides like DDT. But then people mobilized to find solutions for these problems, and they worked! The falcons have returned!
It was in 2004 that a couple of Peregrine Falcons first settled at the top of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, in the heart of Brussels. Since then, 12 couples have nested on different places in a city with a million inhabitants.
We offer the opportunity to follow the nesting cycle of three Peregrine families in Brussels live, day and night. From the hatching of the nestlings to their first flight! Cameras were installed very close to the nests. The images are broadcasted in HD streaming on the website. The scenes are 100% natural: no trickery, all the falcons settled on each site on their own.
The couple on the cathedral broods on 4 eggs since March 9th. The same goes for the falcons in Uccle, on the clock tower of the Saint Job church. The couple in the town hall of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre is a little bit later: they started on March 17th, also on 4 eggs!
The live streaming of the 3 nests starts April 5th. On this blog, we will post regular updates about the Peregrine falcons in Brussels. The observation post in front of the cathedral is open for visitors, also on April 5th. We organize observation sessions in Uccle and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre on a regular basis.
During the Spring-campaign of 2017, we registered 2.1 million hits from 108 different countries. Almost 15.000 people visited the observation post!
Welcome on the website of the Brussels’s Peregrine falcons!
Several falcons from the cathedral and the Saint Job church have taken their first flight.
61 species on the menu!
Peregrine falcons are super predators – predators on top of the food chain. They are excellent aerial hunters, that almost exclusively catch birds in full flight.