General information about sparrowhawks

Female Sparrowhawk

What are sparrowhawks?

  • Sparrowhawks are raptors (birds of prey) that occur throughout Europe and Asia.
  • Sparrowhawks are mainly associated with woodland habitats, but as their population size has increased throughout the UK they are making the most of green spaces in urban locations such as Edinburgh which provide plenty of appropriate sites for them to build nests and hunt small birds.
  • Sparrowhawks are protected in the UK under a the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This means that it is against the law to harm a Sparrowhawk in any way and to damage their nests or the contents of the nest.