n order to help in controlling pigeons in the city of Lleida and in raising awareness in the population of the city on wildlife conservation, Peregrine Falcon chicks have been released in the Seu Vella of Lleida. The released falcon chicks were always born in captivity at the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent. For the reintroduction, the hacking technique has been used.
y using the hacking technique, Peregrine Falcon chicks aged 30 days (by that age they can eat by themselves, tearing flesh with their talons and beak) were left in a artificial nest located on the Torre de los Exorcismos (Exorcisms Tower) of the Seu Vella. The nest box remained closed for about 10 days, but the peregrine falcon chicks could see the outside through a grid. During that period of time, falcon chicks were fed artificially, leaving them food every day. Once they were completely feathered, the grid was removed so that they could go outside and start their adaptation to the urban habitat.
During that period of time when the reintroduction tasks were carried out, two 2,5 m high informational posters were present in the Seu Vella of Lleida. Visitors like them a lot, and they could also watch, right there, live, what was going on with the Peregrine Falcon chicks that were in the hacking facilities on the Exorcisms Tower.
espite the fact that we did not get peregrine falcons to breed in the Seu Vella towers, the area is used by the species as a wintering place.
Parallel with the falcons releases, informational materials were edited, like this jigsaw puzzle on the Peregrine Falcon (box design). © Trenca