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Double Pecker: Kestrel's set up home at busway

Kestrel Chicks Photo: Luton Borough Council

A pair of kestrels have successfully reared chicks from a nest they built just feet away from construction works for the Luton Dunstable Busway.The male and female built their nest in a hole in a wall where the Council’s main contractor BAM Nuttall is laying the new bus route.The nest was initially observed in April, and over the next three months the adult kestrels worked to raise their offspring.Engineers created a 30-metre exclusion zone around the nest, and redirected construction traffic to avoid the area. Meanwhile, the works programme was skilfully reworked to ensure no delays resulted.Andy Graham, spokesman for BAM Nuttall, said: “The birds have captivated everyone working in the area, and there has been much interest following the kestrel family.“We had to remain vigilant to the birds, as they gradually became more and more acclimatised to the works taking place around them.“The chicks could be clearly seen as they grew bigger, waiting for food from their hard-working parents. We were thrilled when all the offspring left the nest.”

Kestrel set up home on new bus route Credit: Luton Borough Council