Pullman Dresden Newa accommodates strictly protected Kestrels
Cosel and August have fathered offspring on Dresdens tallest Hotel
Six young kestrels have hatched on the roof of Dresden’s tallest hotel
, the Pullman Dresden Newa
. As early as February, hotel employees had fitted nesting boxes to the roof edge and furnished them with woodchips and hay. Already one month thereafter a male kestrel had moved in, his partner shortly afterward. Soon the female had laid 6 eggs at 50 meters height – an unusually high number. The hotel’s employees named the kestrel parents Cosel and August. Now the six young hatchlings have been given identification bands under the watchful eye of General Manager Daniel Schlomann by the Beringungszentrale Hiddensee (Bird-Banding Station Hiddensee).
With these new hotel guests General Manager Daniel Schlomann is setting a further example for sustainability, a principle which the hotel has now been implementing intensively for some time: “Our guests appreciate that we are committed to environmental protection and that our employees are highly aware of this. Not only that we are Dresden’s first Green Certified Hotel
and undertake extensive measures to reduce energy consumption, to sort garbage, and ensure it is delivered to a recycling center – also the regular cleaning in spring and in autumn, in which our hotel’s employees care for the environment in the city center around our hotel, are a part of this.“ Kestrels are strictly protected and prefer building their nests at great heights. They seldomly build their own nests, but prefer to use nesting boxes, or abandoned crow or pigeon nests. The fact that they chase away pigeons is a big plus for this hotel in Dresden, because it is a natural way to keep away the pigeon droppings. The kestrels eat mainly mice, small birds, insects and reptiles. In Dresden there are about 280 kestrel nesting locations. These are observed and controlled for the Umweltakademie Dresden e.V.
(Environmental Academy Dresden). In 2014, 119 locations were habitated by 236 adult birds, which reared a total 343 young birds. This year it is predicted that kestrels will breed at even more nesting locations.