A stunning bird with beautiful plumage, pointed wings and a long tail often seen hovering beside a roadside verge. Sadly, these birds of prey have a high mortality rate with only around 20% of young birds surviving to breeding age, the biggest cause being starvation.
In the 1950s and 1960s they suffered a serious decline as a result of the use of certain pesticides. Having recovered following withdrawal of the pesticides, their numbers again declined in the 1980s and have fluctuated since. As a result, the kestrel is currently on the Amber List of Birds of Conservation.
This kestrel box has been designed by experts to provide the birds with a safe, dry place to nest.
Made from external grade European birch plywood, sourced from managed forests, the nest box has been treated with a non-toxic, water-based preservative to ensure durability and longevity.
With a deep, 100mm canopy and good entrance lip this box provides a spacious nesting area and sturdy perch. It has an integral side mounting strip making it simple to install on a tree, wall or pole. It is suggested that boxes are erected up high to provide clear panoramic views to attract kestrels and encourage them to nest using the box. The box should face away from the prevailing weather, to provide as much shelter as possible.
This box is supplied right-handed, as shown in the photo however if you have a particular need for a left-handed box, the side mounting strip and perch can be moved to opposite sides of the box. Please contact our team on 01522-704505 to discuss.
It is important that we do what we can to help our birds of prey. Of 15 species, 10 are on either the red or amber conservation list. They are an important part of the ecological process and a valuable indicator of the health of the environment.