Peregrine Falcon chicks spotted on London Met’s Holloway Road building

Three baby Peregrine Falcons have been spotted living up in the heights of the Tower Building.

Date: 11 June 2019

A family of Peregrine Falcons, including three recently hatched chicks, have made their home on London Met’s Tower building.

Although the three baby falcons, known as eyass, are only young they will grow quickly. They have big appetites and double their weight in just around six days. At three weeks of age, they are already around 10 times their size at birth.

Peregrines used to be common in London but almost disappeared from the capital just before the turn of the millennium. However, in recent years their numbers have grown and there are now thought to be more than 30 pairs living in some of London’s most famous buildings.

A fully grown Peregrine has a wingspan of over a metre and they are excellent hunters. They are the fastest animal in the world and can reach speeds 180mph when they swoop in for prey - but don’t worry they’re more interested in other birds than humans!

We have received the following advice from the London Peregrine Partnership group:

  • If one of the babies (known as an eyass) doesn’t quite manage to fly and is found on the ground, try and contain it somewhere. If you can, walk it into a corner and put a cardboard box over it. If it’s on the main road, throw a jacket over it to secure it and put it in the box (they’re normally very approachable if you just walk up to it slowly)
  • If you see a bird on a ledge, please don’t take flash photography or do anything to stun them.

In these circumstances, please contact the Partnership.

We look forward to watching the three eyass grow their wings!