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Kestrels

This lovely little bird of prey is a Kestrel - look for them hovering in the air above fields as they search for their prey.

There are about 46,000 breeding pairs in the UK.


Numbers of kestrels declined in the 1970s, probably as a result of changes in farming and so it is included on the Amber List, meaning that they are a threatened species.. They have adapted readily to man-made environments and can survive right in the centre of cities.

They eat small mammals and birds, worms and insects.

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