Breeding population Results – 2009 – 2010

Summary of Sparrowhawk Monitoring in Edinburgh

A total of 42 historical territories have been checked and 18 active nest sites have been located. Some historical sites showed signs of occupation but no active nests were located. The occupancy rate recorded in 2009 and 2010 was 57% and 74% respectively. The mean annual productivity in 2009 and 2010 was at least 2.3 fledgings per successful breeding attempt. Of all nests located in both years only 3 (13%) were located in deciduous tree with the remaining nests located in coniferous trees.

We are also investigating the hunting behaviour of Sparrowhawks throughout the city by compiling a database of sighting records supplied by members of the public. These records are being plotted on maps to investigate where and when Sparrowhawks hunt throughout Edinburgh. You can view the latest results and submit sighting records of sparrowhawks and other birds of prey that you see in the city on the Sightings in Edinburgh page. These data will be compared with the location of sparrowhawk nest sites as well as where other raptor species are seen within the city.