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Kestrels at Aston

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What started off as a missing piece of glass in a technician’s study room at Aston University, has since become the nesting place for several generations of kestrels over an estimated 30 year period. Following the renovation of the study room, Estates & Capital Developments and the Aston Campus Wildlife Group have since taken action to help preserve the birds’ habitat.  

A state-of-the-art webcam was installed in the nesting place in 2010 enabling staff, students and the public to access a live feed for those wanting to watch the birds. The live feed is available here on the Aston site and the RSPB website. The footage also forms part of the RSPB roadshows. 

In 2013, 5 eggs were laid and all chicks successfully fledged, although one did briefly end up in the gents loos after flying through an open window!

Click here to view the laying and hatching dates from 2010 to date.

 Working with the RSPB, The Wildlife Trust, and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), all chicks since 2010 have now been ringed for identification purposes  – to monitor their movements and contribute to conservation research .


If you are interested in joining the Aston Campus Wildlife Group please visit  the webpages.

For more information an the Aston Kestrels see the press releases below:

 For more information on kestrels visit the RSPB website.

For up to the minute information on the Aston Kestrels follow them on Twitter.

Listen to Carolyn Taylor (founder of the Aston Campus Wildlife Group) and the RSPB discussing the Aston kestrels on Radio WM.

Kestrel facts

Kestrels are found in a wide variety of habitats, from moor and heath, to farmland and urban areas.

Kestrels can see and catch a beetle 50m from its perch. Kestrels need to eat 4-8 voles a day.

Only around 20% survive two years to breeding age.

No nesting material is used by kestrels - but a small hollow in bare rock or stone known as a ‘scrape’.

The same nest site is often used in successive years with some sites used for decades.

It an offence to kill, injure or take a kestrel, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.

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