Kestrel

Kestrels are expert hoverers and can often be seen suspended in the sky above roads or motorways. You may also spot one perched somewhere high, such as a branch, telephone pole or wire.

Kestrel in sky with wings open Kestrel

We work with organisations such as the Wildlife Conservation Partnership to protect this threatened bird by installing nesting boxes and managing habitats.

Kestrels have extremely good eyesight that enables them to spot small animals from a massive distance, before swooping down to catch them. They will sometimes store up their catch to eat later when all their hunting is done.

The kestrel’s recent decline in numbers is largely due to the intensification of farming, which has in turn caused the habitat loss of many small mammals, which are the kestrel’s prey.

Last date edited: 16 November 2020