Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Peregrines Pay a Flying Visit to Falconer's Dome

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Peregrines Pay a Flying Visit to Falconer's Dome

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OBLIVIOUS to the auction going on beneath them, the most celebrated visitors to the Dome since its closure yesterday preened their feathers and took in the view of Greenwich below.

As the trappings of the millennium attraction were distributed among some 500 bidders, two peregrine falcons took up temporary residence on one of the supporting masts with - literally - a bird's-eye view of developments at Canary Wharf.

While Lord Falconer may have resisted calls for his resignation as Dome Minister, the actual falcons, once close to extinction in Britain, were spotted by falconer Wayne Davies. He said: "This is incredibly rare - it's fantastic. I've been doing this job for years and years and I've never seen anything like this.

"It would be brilliant if they could set up a nest - that would be such an environmental success story."

Peregrine falcons are thriving in the wild, but are a rare sight in cities and could be a weapon in Ken Livingstone's war against pigeons, which are the falcons' natural prey. …

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