Young kestrels on the roof

Kestrels love sites in high places, as this means they can breed undisturbed and are well protected against predators. Usually, kestrels nest on high cliffs, but they have increasingly discovered that industrial buildings also make suitable living spaces. The nesting box on the roof of the AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG distribution centre in the Münster-Loddenheide industrial park has been a popular nesting site for these rare birds for nine years. A pair of kestrels have also been nesting on the breeding site this year.

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The AGRAVIS distribution centre in Münster-Loddenheide industrial park is an ideal 
The AGRAVIS distribution centre in Münster-Loddenheide industrial park is an ideal "nesting site" for kestrels due to its high roof. This year three young kestrels are in the nesting box.

Three hungry young birds want feeding and loudly demand food.

André Geißler is always excited in April to find out if a pair of kestrels decides to live in the nesting box. The process manager installed the nesting box nine years ago after taking advice from a falconer. The spacious brown box with arched roof was deliberately mounted at a location that was practically inaccessible to humans. "Since then, the nesting box has been occupied every spring", reported Geißler. "This is fortunate, as not every nesting box is accepted. In total we have been able to observe 40 young kestrels practising for their first flights. The three young kestrels from the group this year will certainly start soon."

The kestrel is a smaller relative of the peregrine. After the peregrine almost died out in the 1960s, there are nowadays over 200 breeding pairs in North-Rhine Westphalia. Conservationists are proud of this success, and AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG is also playing its part. A crescent-shaped silhouette in the sky is typical for kestrels. "When the bird swoops down onto its prey from a kilometre in the air at a speed of almost 300 kilometres per hour, then it is a thoroughly impressive sight", stated Geißler. The peregrine is known as the "Ferrari of the skies" and has adapted to a changing environment by taking advantage of its opportunities.