Brussels: the city of the Peregrine
They were exterminated from Belgium and most parts of Europe during the 1970s and 1980s. They timidly returned in the mid-90s. Today, there are nearly 200 pairs of Peregrine Falcons in Belgium. An incredible return!
But that's not all. The Peregrines settled in urban environments, in cities, among men who persecuted them for over decades. Is it a coincidence? Certainly not ! This is the result of a European Union directive which, since 1979, has been committed to ensuring the conservation of wild birds in Europe. And the directive changed mentalities. It made it possible to make citizens understand that Nature is a magnificent heritage to preserve, to observe!
And that’s what we suggest doing together. Over the years, Brussels has become the city of Peregrine Falcons. Come and discover in live HD streaming, the nesting of the couple installed at the very top of the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula, in the historic heart of Brussels. From there, you can admire all of Brussels, from the Grand Place to the Atomium. The show also takes place in the bell tower of the Saint Job church in Uccle and in the bell tower of the tower of the communal house of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre. A network of cameras has been installed so you can enjoy every detail of the life of the Peregrine Falcon and their offspring.
Welcome to the website of the Peregrine Falcons of Brussels !
And at the cathedral: what's happening there?
The 2020 nesting failed at the cathedral. The two chicks died when they were 7 and 10 days old, respectively. What was this sad end caused by? The most likely explanation is the couple's inexperience; it was their very first nest.
Uccle's falcons fly, or at least try to fly!
The growth period of Peregrine falcons is regulated like a musical sheet over six weeks. Confirmed by the Uccle’s family!