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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Kes


Falco tinnunculus
Kestrels have pointed wings and a long tail. There are marked differences between the sexes, with males being smaller but more colourful (grey head, red-brown back and grey tail with black tip) than the females whose plumage is a more uniform speckled brown.
Size
34-39cm
Weight
156-252g
Habitat
Kestrels are found in a wide variety of habitats, from moor and heath, to farmland and urban areas. They are a common sight near motorways and other major roads. They are seen throughout the UK, bar the Orkney and Shetland islands.

Nest
The 'nest' is a very informal affair; simply a lining of sticks or straw added to a hole in a tree, a deserted nest built by another species or a ledge.
Eggs
4-5 brown-white eggs in April-July
Food
Urban and suburban kestrels mainly feed on small birds but will also take mice. Country Kestrels feast on rodents, large insects and earthworms.
Voice
Shrill kee-kee-kee call
BTO Statistics
Kestrels are amber rated partly due to a loss of traditional farmland habitats. They have however, readily adapted to city living.


Breeding
Both parents provide food for their young. The female incubates the eggs for 27-29 days and fledging is 27-32 days after hatching.
Feeding
Kestrels search for prey from high vantage points such as tree perches or wires.





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