Red Rock cliff closed to protect local Peregrine Falcons

Released 27/07/2022

Red Rocks cliff at Bullen Range Nature Reserve will be closed from Monday 1 August 2022 to Saturday 31 December 2022 to protect Peregrine Falcons during their breeding season.

Red Rocks cliff is one of just seven locations in the ACT where Peregrine Falcons breed and is a popular site for rock climbers.

“For most of the year the cliff is shared between climbers and the falcons,” Executive Branch Manager of ACT Parks and Conservation Service Stephen Alegria said.

“However, the presence of rock climbers during the falcons’ breeding season can have a negative impact on their ability to successfully raise their young. A temporary respite from humans in their territory is needed to give these native falcons the best opportunity to thrive for another year.

“While Red Rocks cliff is closed, there are still plenty of great rock-climbing options along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor that climbers can enjoy until the breeding season finishes at the end of December.”

Alternative options for climbers include:

  • Bee Crag – on the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track, downstream approximately 2.2km to the north of Kambah Pool
  • Kambah Rocks – located off the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track, approximately 1km downstream of Red Rocks cliff
  • Little Pine – 5 minutes-walk from Pine Island carpark near the playground.

This closure is made under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and prosecution and penalties may apply. Rangers will be visiting the area to remind climbers of the closure.

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