In the “Species Action Plan for the lesser kestrel Falco naumanni in the European Union” the identification of colonies at risk of destruction because of pending restoration work on buildings is considered a high priority.

Buildings have been selected that bring together the following criteria: number of lesser kestrel breeding pairs, the need for work on the building and the level of threat to the colony, geographic situation and the willingness of the owner to collaborate. Work will be done to make it easier for lesser kestrels to nest, reducing competition risks for nest sites and exposure to predation, installing nest boxes produced in action A6, improving scaffolding holes and removal of pigeons. Furthermore, consolidation work will be done on buildings in those cases where there are risks of collapse or structural damage such as in the case of very large white stork nests.

The objective is to undertake in 12 of the urban SPAs, restoration work on the following buildings with colonies of lesser kestrel: 

Church of San Fulgencio, Acedera.

Church of Santiago, Belvís de Monroy.

Convent of the Visitation, Puebla de Alcocer.

Church of San Mateo, Alburquerque.

Church of Santa María la Mayor, Brozas.

Church of Santa María, Garrovillas del Alconétar.

Church of San Bartolomé, Jerez de los Caballeros.

Church San Vicente Mártir, San Vicente de Alcántara.

Parador de Turismo-Church of Santa Marina, Zafra.

Parador de Turismo-Convent of San Vicente Ferrer, Plasencia.

Historic centre of Cáceres.

Parador de Turismo-Palace of Torreorgaz, Cáceres.

Parador de Turismo-Convent of Santa Clara, Trujillo.

Before starting the work, the mandatory reports and licences will be obtained. To save time, this documentation will be applied for at the time that the projects are written-up to take advantage of those months when it is not possible to undertake the building work.

Traditional building materials will be used, compatible with the fabric of the buildings (lime mortar, tile bricks or rough local stone, earthenware tiles etc), respecting heritage protection and following criteria for the conservation of historic sites.

The average duration of each work should not exceed two months to allow for possible delays, such as that caused by weather. However, all such work must be completed before February 2019 to ensure that if there is a significant delay caused by some external factor, there would still be one year to complete the task.

The person responsible in the contracted company for each work will be in permanent contact with the work’s director and technician in the General Directorate of the Environment and the General Directorate of Libraries, Museum and Cultural Heritage, who will be carrying out visits as required to the sites to ensure the appropriate undertaking of the work from the point of view of the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

All the work will be developed based on established protocols and outside the breeding season of the lesser kestrel.

Responsible for implementation: General Directorate of the Environment and General Directorate of Libraries, Museums and Cultural Heritage