Barn owls are doing better


EXG OCT 14 EWT - Credit: Archant

For the first time since the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project was launched last year, positive nest records have been received from several locations. The first group of barn owl chicks was ringed by British Trust for Ornithology, in the far north of the county on a site between Halstead and Bures.

The Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project was established by Essex Wildlife Trust in 2013, with the aim of reversing the dramatic decline of wild barn owl populations recorded across the county and beyond. The project is managed almost entirely by volunteers who work to engage landowners in conservation by assessing site suitability for wild barn owls, providing habitat management advice, installing nest boxes and monitoring wild barn owl populations across Essex.

As the project develops, more landowners are invited to get involved or there is the opportunity to sponsor a barn owl nest box. For more information, please contact Emma Brogden at or call on 01621 862954.

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