A small/medium sized falcon with long wings and tail; the tail is fan shaped when the Kestrel is hovering. In the UK their decrease in numbers is thought to be linked to agricultural intensification and its effect on the populations of small mammals that the Kestrel depends on; a lack of nesting sites may also be a contributory factor. Kestrels nest in old buildings, holes in trees and will take over old corvid nests – they re-use the same sites every year unless displaced. They will readily adopt nest boxes for breeding and roosting. The box needs to be sited so that it is easily visible from an open permanent grassland area (not arable). A suitable tree needs a high crown and bare trunk to at least 5 metres from the ground. Boxes can also be sited inside high open-sided barns or other agricultural buildings.
Approximate dimensions: 50 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm high.
Kestrel boxes need to be correctly sited and are best installed by us. Please contact us for advice on suitability of local habitat and location of the box. We are happy to visit to advise and also to install if you are within 10 miles of Bisham. There is a modest extra charge for this (see price list).