Photo by Ken Dolbear MBE
Our annual birdy Big Brother has generated a great Internet buzz amongst our Facebook users again this year. We’ve loved watching Chris and Kate, the kestrel parents, rearing their young from mottled balls of fluff to (reasonably!) capable flyers.
Sam Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre (the location of the webcam), loved this novel glimpse into the lives of these wild birds of prey: “To see how their story unfolds in such close proximity is brilliant! From nest building to seeing them incubating the five eggs and then through to the chicks fledging it’s been incredible to watch their appearance and behavior change so significantly over such a short period of time."
The support and comments received on the ‘Kestrel Cam’ Facebook page display the passion people have for wildlife, both in Dorset and across the world! Ann Chapman commented on a picture of the growing chicks: “Amazing how fast they are growing, just brilliant to watch this!”
Sam Dallimore believes “the website has created awareness amongst the public and that’s led to visitors coming to Lorton Meadows to see the work we’re doing and even catch a glimpse of the parents and now the young flying overhead!”
Roger Tomlinson summed it all up on Facebook: “Very good viewing, amazing! Thank you DWT.”
Our wildlife webcams are run by Wildlife Windows Limited and are supported by generous public donations. So we can enjoy the webcams again next summer, both kestrels and owls, please sponsor a nest box by clicking here or you can also donate by mobile phone by texting ISPY46 £(your donation amount) to 70070. Thank you for your continued support!