Head for Seaton Wetlands’ Discovery Hut and view the kestrel nest box live on the big screen

For the second year running the resident female kestrel at East Devon District Council’s Seaton Wetlands nature reserve has laid five eggs in the nest box, which is fitted with a video camera. This allows people to view activity in the nest box on a big screen in the Discovery Hut in the centre of Seaton Wetlands.

To allow even more people the chance to come and see what is happening in the kestrel nest box, East Devon’s Countryside team has extended the Discovery Hut’s normal opening hours, so it is now open from 10am to 4pm Saturday to Monday, and 10am to 12pm Tuesday to Thursday.

At the Discovery Hut visitors can also enjoy hot drinks, ice creams and other snacks for a donation towards the site. Visitors can also learn more about the wildlife at Seaton Wetlands, including the kestrels, from the volunteers on duty.

East Devon District Council’s Environment portfolio holder, Cllr Tom Wright said:

The kestrel cam is an exciting time of year for visitors to Seaton Wetlands. It is testament to the work of the Countryside team and the volunteers who support them that these stunning birds of prey are using the wetlands to breed year on year. If you are yet to visit Seaton Wetlands, the kestrel cam provides you with the wonderful opportunity to see wild birds up close.

Countryside team leader, James Chubb said:

It is uncanny that the kestrel laid her first egg on 18 April, the exact date her first egg was laid in 2017. She has also laid five eggs again, which is a promising indication of food supply in the area. Four of the eggs have hatched and we’re looking forward to watching them grow and fly the nest.

On Sunday 3 June the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society in partnership with the Countryside team will be running a wildlife day from 11am to 3pm at Seaton Wetlands. The day will be full of wildlife activities, including pond dipping, wildlife walks and a competition to name the kestrel chicks. For more information about Seaton Wetlands and Countryside events taking place throughout the year visit: wildeastdevon.co.uk. The Countryside team can be contacted via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone: 01395 517557.