1. Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus
Stuffed specimen, found in 1928 
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences 
Inv. IG 29946, REG. 82314

2. Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus
Stuffed specimen, found in 1925 Antwerp Zoo 
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Inv. IG 32679

3. The favorite resting sites of a young female peregrine falcon, in Brussels 
In 2015, one of the young falcons, a female born in the Cathedral, was fitted with a GPS transmitter. As such, its movements were able to be precisely observed. Note that it spends most of its time in the Centre of Brussels (within the limits of the city centre). It makes sporadic long-distance journeys. 
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences 
(Recordings from 25/05/2015 until 31/10/2015)

Poster

OBJECT 20

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!

Read more: Falcons for everyone...
Video: Highlights from Brussels' Cathedral! Falcons for Everyone 2017

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