Rushcliffe Barn Owls

So we are off to flying start with 2019, as long as that flying happens at night, in large open areas and from a little house on top of a pole. That’s just a few of the things we picked up from our talk this month.

A brilliant talk again on a slightly different topic, I for one found it very informative, and welcome change at this time of year, when there is not an awful lot to do across our gardens. I think it was evident that team at Rushcliffe Barn Owl Project do a lot of great work and are very dedicated and knowledgeable about looking after the owls.

As always, here are our top points to take away from this month:1

  1. Female owls have brown under their faces and under wing
  2. They are ringed to track, with information to report it
  3. Barn owls like open planes, especially the edge of woods
  4. Captive owls live longer than wild
  5. There are 170 boxes in rushcliffe area
  6. The 50s/60s saw a drastic decline
  7. 1.4 million miles of hedgerow gone and barn conversions are a main problem
  8. Roadkill is one of the biggest killers of barn owls.
  9. They will nest in natural sites, like tree holes
  10. Barn owls are not very vocal, Tawny owls are the ones you hear in villages

Hopefully this is a nice recap of some of the things we learnt. The project is very active on facebook, so if you want to keep up to date check it out here. 

Also a quick reminder that the 18th of February is our next meeting, with Danny Wells’ talk on the history of English Obsession with the gardens. 7:30pm at the Old School. We look forward to seeing you there.

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