The barn owl population today is in decline, largely a result of reduced food supply with fewer areas of rough grassland available for hunting. The loss of old barns and increased road deaths are also significant. But farmers can help to reverse this decline by adopting a management regime which includes maintaining field margins with uncut grass, retaining mature trees and erecting barn own boxes.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has invited the Stour Valley Wildlife Action Group (SVWAG) member Paul Leadbetter to tell us all about their Barn Owl Project, which has been working with landowners and farmers since 2010. There are now over 50 barn own boxes across the region and many farmers have made habitat improvements through agri-environment schemes. The talk will be followed by a guided walk by fellow SVWAG member Roger Juckes to look at locations for positioning barn owl boxes.
Refreshments will be served after the walk.
Please book your free place with Lucy Hawker of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
This event is provided by Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme which received its main funding from the National Lottery through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.