(Above) Female sitting on eggs © Sally Welbourn (below) Female kestrel on screen at Lorton Conservation Centre © Megan Shersby & Female kestrel at nest box © Megan Shersby
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is celebrating the return of the nesting kestrel webcam, which was struck by tragedy earlier in the year following the death of the female kestrel. DWT is delighted to announce that a new female kestrel has paired up with the male.
The webcam*, sponsored by Dorset Tea, is located at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth and is hugely popular amongst wildlife fans. Earlier in the year the female kestrel was predated by another bird of prey just days before the 6 eggs were due to hatch. Staff and visitors were keeping their fingers crossed for a new female to move into the territory.
The female has now laid 4 eggs
This week, a new female appeared and the first egg of the new clutch was seen. The female went on to lay another 4 eggs, laying them on alternate days, and then began to incubate them.
We are thrilled by this turn-around!
Megan Shersby, Seasonal Assistant for DWT, said: “After the very sad loss of the previous female, we are thrilled by this turn-around. It really is fantastic news and we hope everyone will take a look to see their progress. It is so wonderful to watch how the pair interact with each other, as the male can be seen bringing food to the female and they take turns caring for the eggs. The webcam is an amazing opportunity to see the natural world close-up and witness first-hand these kestrels rearing their young.”
View them online now!
The kestrel pair and their nest can be watched onscreen live at the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, and online here.
Also track their progress with DWT’s social media, on Twitter @DorsetWildlife and facebook/dorsetwildlife. Find out more about events at Lorton Meadows at visit the events page or phone 01305 816546.
Visit Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth is home to a variety of wildlife, such as butterflies and orchids, typical of old meadows. The centre, on Lorton Lane, Upwey (DT3 5QH) is open Wednesday to Sunday every week from 10am-5pm, and will also be open on Tuesdays during the school holidays.
*The Kestrel webcam is managed and provided by Wildlife Windows. For more information visit the wildlife windows website.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.