The UK Kestrel Sighting Count
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UK Kestrel Sighting Count

The Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is one of the UK's most familiar and charismatic birds of prey. Over the course of the last 40 years, however, increasing pressures from agricultural intensification and changes in land use have contributed to a substantial decline in the size of their UK population. The Kestrel now has an amber conservation status in the UK and is listed as a species of conservation concern across Europe.

The Kestrel Sighting Count aims to record sightings of wild Kestrels across the UK. Data obtained from this will help the Hawk Conservancy Trust identify those areas of the UK used by Kestrels and provide useful insights for the development of future scientific research projects.


Not seen a Kestrel in the wild?

Don't worry, you can find all the help you need to
spot your first Kestrel in our 'spotters' guide'

Where have the most Kestrels been spotted?

Kestrels favour open grassland, heaths and farmland. Quite often you will also see these birds hunting along verges, hedgerows and even on the grassy areas alongside motorways. They are one of Britain's most popular birds of prey because they are one of the easiest to spot when they hover.

View the 'online map' to view the sightings.

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