Peregrine falcons in Brussels
Peregrine falcons 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!
Since their arrival in Brussels in 2004, these beautiful and amazing birds - they are the fastest animals in the world and can reach 400 km/h while diving, and 100 km/h in horizontal flight – have nested successfully at the top of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. In the meantime, a total of 48 falcons took flight from the cathedral.
But the story doesn’t end there! Throughout the years, new peregrine falcon couples have arrived in Brussels. There are about twelve couples this spring, unbelievable but true!