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 & Facilities have since taken action to
help preserve the birds’ habitat.
A state-of-the-art webcam has been
installed in the nesting place 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 will also form part of the RSPB roadshows.
5 eggs were laid last year resulting in an amazing 3 chicks that have now successfully fledged (one of last year's chicks is pictured above).
Working with the RSPB, The Wildlife Trust, and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), this year’s chicks 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 email Carolyn Taylor.
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.