One of the aims of Lonely Birder is to improve bird tourism, but another parallel objective is to raise local awareness of the importance of the conservation of wild birds and their habitats. For this reason, various criteria are directed to this end, for example the provision of nestboxes in the garden or around the establishment.

When we visited Barbancho Apartments in Casar de Caceres, Extremadura (Spain) we were struck by the possibility of installing Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni nestboxes there. These apartments are posiioned right next to an established Lesser Kestrel colony. One of the problems facing the species is the lack of available nest sites in roofs, due to the renovation of many old houses and tiles where holes are cemented over, thus closing the roof to nesting kestrels.

We quickly convinced the owners and in less than a month they had ionstalled six nestboxes with the help of Los Hornos Fauna Recuperation Centre (Caceres). One of the nestboxes is visible from the apartments and affords great views of the birs for visting birders.

In addition, they have started a campaign raising money in collaboration with DEMA, an organisation specialising in the provision of nestboxes for Lesser Kestrels. We want to congratulate the owners of Barbancho Apartments for their swift response and dedication. Bravo!