A chick hatching on the Kestrel Cam at Seaton Wetlands

Video camera shows live footage of five kestrel chicks at Seaton Wetlands

New kestrel boxes, which were installed at Seaton Wetlands earlier this year have, amazingly, already both been occupied by breeding kestrels.

Live up close footage of the stunning birds of prey, taken via a nest video camera, can be seen at the Discovery Hut in the centre of Seaton Wetlands and members of the public are being encouraged to come and watch as the special scenes unfold.

The Discovery Hut, which is manned by volunteers from 10am to 4pm Saturday to Monday, has extended its opening hours to include 11am to 1pm Tuesday to Thursday until the end of June, allowing more visitors to watch these magical scenes. During these hours staff or volunteers will be available to tell visitors more about the kestrels and will serve hot drinks and biscuits.

East Devon District Council Countryside Nature Reserve Manager, James Chubb, said:

The female kestrel has been sitting on five eggs and we are so excited to report that these have all now hatched. We have been treated to some amazing views of the chicks hatching as well as regular feeding.

We hope that lots of visitors will come and see the new chicks and make the most of the extended opening hours in the Discovery Hut.

Axe Vale Wildlife day
On Sunday 4 June the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society in partnership with the Countryside team will be running an Axe Vale Wildlife day from 10am to 4pm at Seaton Wetlands. During the day visitors will have a chance to take part in different activities and to enter a competition to name the kestrel chicks.

For more information about visiting Seaton Wetlands and Countryside events, please go to the Countryside pages of the East Devon website, or contact the Countryside team via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or telephone: 01395 517557.