Barn Owl Project

Thursday 7th January 2016

Barn Owl Project Volunteers

The Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project saw another exciting year in 2015. The project now has more than 150 nesting boxes monitored across Essex, from the Ingrebourne Valley in the south, to Saffron Walden and Harwich in the north.

These boxes have been ‘taken under the wing’ of the existing, dedicated team of 50 volunteers. Their hard work, together with the irreplaceable support of more than a hundred private and commercial landowners, corporate members of Essex Wildlife Trust, councils, schools and community groups, is producing fantastic results. 

A good number of the boxes are already in use; this year 49 Barn Owl chicks were recorded by Essex Wildlife Trust volunteers. Many of these chicks were subsequently ringed by the British Trust for Ornithology, contributing data vital in determining the state of the Barn Owl population, nationally.

Special thanks is given to Daniel and Kelly of Maestro Tree Services, who voluntarily give their services to support the project in such a key manner, often travelling the length and breadth of the county at weekends to ensure our feathered friends have a new home. Sometimes, that may, of course, be Stock Doves or Jackdaws – despite how well we label the boxes for Barn Owls!

A volunteer monitor’s work is never done: over the autumn/early winter they have been busy removing debris from existing nest boxes to ensure that potential Barn Owl lodgers have an accessible, disease-free home. The mammoth effort made by the project’s volunteers was recognised when they were collectively awarded a Living Landscape 2015 Award for their hard work and dedication.

As the project grows, more landowners are invited to be involved. Are you willing to consider hosting or sponsoring a Barn Owl nest box in Essex? Please contact Emma Ormond, Living Landscapes Co-ordinator on 01621 862954 or email for more information.
 

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