The Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus in Ireland

  • Kerri-ann Armstrong

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Population declines of the Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) have been well evidenced across much of their North and Central European range, however, little is known of their ecology on the most westerly part of their range, in Ireland. This thesis aims to assess the ecology of the kestrel in Ireland, an island where preferred prey (grassland voles) are not readily available, and where the population of kestrels continues to decline. 

This thesis has established baseline information on kestrels in Ireland, with insights tailored for conservation actions. 

Thesis is embargoed until 31 July 2028.

Date of AwardJul 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsNorthern Ireland Department for the Economy
SupervisorPaul Caplat (Supervisor) & Mark Emmerson (Supervisor)


  • Kestrel
  • raptor
  • ecology
  • common kestrel
  • falcon
  • birds of prey
  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • ornithology

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