Kestrels are one of our most widely distributed birds of prey and, thanks to their distinctive hovering flight, one of the easiest to identify, even from a distance. They don’t build a nest of their own, but will take over a crow’s nest or lay their eggs onto the surface of a suitable cavity or ledge such as in a hollow tree, a church spire or even industrial sites such as lighting gantries.
Our nest box design provides the birds with shelter for their eggs and young whilst still giving the adults a good view of the surrounding area. Site at least 5m high, ideally facing south east and with a clear flight path in. Line the box with wood chips or shredded bark to cushion the eggs, but avoid sawdust or soil that may clog the drainage holes.