Come and see!
Observing the peregrine falcons via streaming is good, but observing them « in real life » is even better!
This has been a core principle since the "Falcons for everyone" program began in 2005 : to invite the public to discover the incredible sight of the nesting of a pair of peregrine falcons in the heart of Brussels, on top of a magnificent cathedral whose construction began 800 years ago... the perfect combination of natural heritage and cultural heritage! Even today, observing the falcons « in the flesh » is a must for many people!
A scream pierces the sky, the male arrives with a prey in his claws. He lands on gargoyle, a dragon head. He sits a few meters above the nest, and begins to pluck the Quail that he caught. Feathers twirl through the sky. The female leaves by the balcony that houses the nest. She leaps into the void, but quickly, very quickly, takes height. The male disappears between the pillars of the balcony, to join the chicks. The female flies toward the Grand Place, 500m further, circles the sky for a few minutes, and then lands on the shoulder of ... Saint Michael, patron saint of Brussels, slayer of dragons. The statue stands at a height of 100 meters, at the top of the spire of the Town Hall, Grand Place. What a story!
To allow you to enjoy such a spectacle, an observation post was installed on the Rue du Bois sauvage, on the left side of the cathedral, when viewed from the front. It’s open from 12:00 to 18:00 every day except Monday, and this until the falcons leave the nest. Two naturalists will welcome you, and tell you the latest news of the falcons. You can discover how the camera system operates, and a feather collection, all collected at the foot of the cathedral. This collection tells us a lot about the diet of this couple of peregrine falcons. Compared to other sites, the Pilgrims do not nest high on the cathedral, and are clearly visible. A powerful telescope lets you discover every detail of their plumage.
We invite you also to come and observe the pair of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre and Uccle. Four observation sessions are planned on each site:
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre : you can visit the temporary observation post on the following dates and times: Wednesday, April 19th, from 16:30 to 18:00, Wednesday, May 3th, from 16:30 to 18:00, Wednesday, May 17th from 16:30 to 18:00 and Wednesday, May 24th from 16:30 to 18:00 The meeting place is the square located right in front of the communal house, Av. Charles Thielemans. Everyone is welcome!
Uccle: the temporary observation post will be installed on the Place Saint Job, right in front of the church on Sunday, April 16th from 16:30 to 18:00, on Wednesday April 19th from 16:30 to 18:00, on Wednesday May 10th from 16:30 to 18:00 and on Sunday, May 21th. Here too, it will be possible to observe the falcons through a telescope, to photograph them, and to observe the behaviour of these amazing birds...
See you soon!