Kestrels' home tweet home on M25
Published 10/07/2011 | 09:29
Britain's busiest motorway is proving a haven of tranquillity for a family of kestrels.
The birds have set up home on a construction site where workers are widening a section of the M25 near Upminster in Essex.
Brett Erwin, a plant supervisor for the company supplying concrete for the widening work, spotted the protected birds roosting near the site.
He built a nesting box for them on the side of a concrete silo and six chicks have hatched, with the construction team following their progress on a specially set-up webcam.
Mr Erwin said: "I've always been interested in wildlife. It looked like the birds were searching for somewhere to nest and I thought that maybe I could help.
"I was really excited when I saw the kestrels using the box. It provides a safe place for them to set up home and means that at the end of the project, we can move them to nearby countryside while disturbing them as little as possible."
He went on: "Now that the eggs have actually hatched, it is absolutely fantastic, and the family is doing really well. It won't be long now before the chicks fly the nest."