Kestrel Cam Live

The Kestrel Cam has ended as all six chicks successfully fledged. Here are some recorded highlights.

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We’re delighted to announce and showcase the fledging of the Woods Mill Kestrel chicks. Thanks to generous support from ScottishPower foundation we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the trials and tribulations of the Kestrels throughout their breeding season. 2018 has been a bumper year for the Kestrel family and it is indeed the very first time that six have fledged from the nest box! We’ve had three and four regularly, five on rare occasion, but never six. The adults birds have done an incredible job of supplying enough food for the ravenous developing young. During the season we’ve witnessed voles, mice and young birds being fed to the chicks. However, the surprise has been just how many brown rats the adults have captured. This seems to have made a tremendous difference in the sheer volume of food, no doubt assisting the survival of the entire brood.
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We have had kestrels nesting in the kestrel box at Woods Mill for many years. Our nest box has helped our local kestrels consistently produce 3 or 4 chicks each year. We've always wanted to put a camera in the box to see what's actually going on in there and - thanks to the funding from ScottishPower Foundation - we can now proudly present Kestrel Cam 2018 as part of our Woods Mill 50th Anniversary celebrations. The nest box camera (and a lot of help with installation) was supplied by the great team at HandyKam. Our main priority is to help the kestrels successfully produce a family each year - but this small, unobstructive camera gives us the privilege of watching these amazing birds produce and raise their family.

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The parents have been doing a fab job of feeding the six hungry kestrel chicks a steady stream of mice, voles and rats, which are quickly devoured.

In the last clip the male arrives with some food, but he doesn't seem to know how to feed the chicks, so flies out again, taking the food with him!

Thanks to the ScottishPower Foundation for supporting our Woods Mill at 50 celebrations #SPfoundation
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This is part of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s celebration of 50 years at Woods Mill. Thanks to generous support from ScottishPower Foundation.