REPORT ON 2017
2017 has proved to be our most successful year ever with the highest total of active sites since we started recording, with 1 pair producing 7 chicks (a first for our group), and 1 brood of 5 fledging at the end of May with a 2nd brood of 6 fledging in September (11 in total, another first for the group). All this contributing to our highest mean brood size on record 4.7. Also out of 64 sites checked, 30 of them producing chicks - a 46.8% success rate. All in all we ringed 142 barn owl chicks and several adults.
All our sites now have cameras fitted in the nest boxes making it easier to monitor with the least disturbance.
During the autumn we also repaired one of the upland barns where we have had barn owls nesting. Unfortunately over the years the state of the roof has declined with it giving up completely this year.
Several of the members of the group turned out over a few weeks to undertake a mammoth job, not made any easier by the location and the wet weather, however they persevered with the help of the local farmers and their tractors. The photos give some idea of the task. Let's hope the barn owl returns and also encourages a mate to take up residence with him in the new "des res"!!