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A wildlife charity in Hampshire is putting up 106 kestrel nesting boxes to study what effect they have on numbers.
From 1995 to 2010 the population in Britain declined by 32%. The latest study estimates there are now between 53,000 to 58,000 breeding pairs.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust has raised £20,000 for the project to see if the boxes could halt the decline.
It is using four control sites and four test sites to compare the impact of the boxes over four years.
All the nest boxes will be put in place by volunteers over the weekend.[/shadbox]