Kestrel Nesting Box - only
Kestrel Nest Box Dimensions:
H310 x W300 x D630mm (incl roof overhang)
Kestrels are the most common bird of prey in Europe, they can often be seen perched up high on tree branches, telephone wires,
road-signs and tall buildings whilst they search for prey. Although their numbers have declined in Britain over the last
few years. Their habit of hovering, particularly near motorways, means they are also one of the easiest to spot. Whilst
hovering they have the extraordinary ability to keep their head totally still, even in strong winds. This allows them
to pinpoint and catch small mammals and birds by sight alone. A kestrel is capable of locating its prey at remarkable
distances, it can see and catch a beetle 50 meters from its perch. Kestrels need to eat 4-8 voles a day, depending on
the time of the year and the amount of energy consumed whilst hover-hunting.
The Kestrel is a protected species, at last count there was approximately 50,000 breeding pairs in the UK. Kestrels tend to stay within their home ranges throughout the autumn and winter, breeding starts in February. Kestrels are adaptable in their use of nest sites, but do not build their own nests. Old or disused nests of crows and other stick nesters are often used, as are ledges on cliffs and buildings. They are also regular hole-nesters and readily accept man made nest boxes. The same nest site is often used in successive years with some sites used for decades.