Thursday, 23 April 2015
3 young peregrine falcons, whose parents made their nest at the top of the town hotel tower in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre for the second year running, were born healthy, announced Brussels town authorities on Thursday. The hatchlings will stay in their nest for approximately 30 days, and stalls will be in place to allow the public to watch the comings-and-goings of the parents feeding their brood, and to learn more about this type of bird, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm on the following Wednesdays: April 29th, May 6th, 20th, 27th. Observation tools will be made available to the public.
After being almost decimated in Europe in the mid-70s, peregrine falcons slowly reappeared in our environment following a ban on a highly-effective pesticide. “This is encouraging for Brussels’s biodiversity,” rejoices Caroline Lhoir, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre alderwoman for the environment.
Last April 9th, other peregrine eggs hatched in the north tower of the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule cathedral in Brussels, which has been welcoming the same couple every year since 2004.