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Birds of Prey

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the kestrel population in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The most recent estimate of the breeding population of kestrels in the UK is 36,800 pairs in 2000. This was derived from the results of the 1989-92 British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) atlas of breeding birds, updated using information on annual population trends as recorded by the BTO/RSPB/Joint Nature Conservation Committee breeding bird survey. The results of the 2007-11 breeding atlas, expected to be published in spring 2013, will provide a contemporary assessment of the status of the kestrel population in the UK.

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