Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Kestrel chicks hatch at Marchwood demolition site

Kestrel chicks
Image caption The chicks will be closely monitored ahead of the resumption of work at the site

Two chicks have hatched from a kestrel's nest which halted the demolition of a former waste plant.

Hampshire County Council suspended work in June at Marchwood, near Southampton, after the nest was found.

Two chicks have now hatched from the five eggs in the nest and are doing well and already venturing out, the county council said.

They will be monitored closely and, once they have all left, work will restart at the site.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 means care must be taken not to drive away the female kestrel.

Councillor Mel Kendal, environment chief, said: "It is great news that the kestrel chicks have now hatched, and appear to be healthy and all doing well.

"We anticipate demolition of the old incinerator to restart later in August once we have ensured that the kestrels have fully fledged and are no longer occupying the building; then the remainder of the site will be cleared."

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