Kestrels hovering over our countryside and road verges were once a common sight. However, since the late 20th Century, kestrel populations across the UK have been in decline, in some areas like here in the South-East, the decline has been significant. This has led to the kestrel gaining an unfavourable place on the amber list of conservation concern in the UK. The reasons for the decline are habitat-loss, decreasing prey populations, agricultural chemicals and a lack of nest sites.
New residents at Lemsford Springs
This year, one of the nest boxes at Lemsford Springs became home to a pair of kestrels. A few weeks after their arrival, the two kestrels are now a family of six. Over the past weeks, the hard-working parents have had their work cut out to feed four hungry mouths!
Follow the kestrels' story below.
Special thanks to photographer Peter Finney (photographer) and Lemsford's Volunteer Warden Barry Trevis. Barry and Peter followed the kestrels closely over several weeks and kindly supplied us with these photos and videos as well as regular updates about the kestrels' wellbeing.