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NEW BOXES FOR BARN CONVERSIONS

It’s been said that the glut of barn conversions into homes is one of the reasons for the demise of the Barn Owl. Traditionally, Barn Owls on farms often roosted in barns and nested in them if there was a … Continue reading

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700 UP FOR RUBOP!!

The day didn’t start well. I went over to Kinoulton for 09:00 to ring some chicks in a garden in the village. It’s a big garden with half of it grown as a wild flower meadow; the box has only … Continue reading

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THE HOLE IN THE TREE GANG!!

Most of our Barn Owls are fledged from our nest boxes; this is more convenient as we have a system of catching the adults in the box which aids monitoring. We do realise though that there’s  a good population still … Continue reading

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A DAY FULL OF SURPRISES. Mostly pleasant!!

With so many universities now offering courses in various types of Nature Conservation, I often receive emails from students asking if I can offer them the chance to do some conservation work at first hand; I always try to help … Continue reading

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AFTER THE HILL, THE FORCE IS WITH US; THEN GO FOR THE BURN!!

I’ve said before that taking people out to see the Barn Owl chicks is just one of the pleasures of the job. A week after taking David Hill, MD of our sponsor, Carbon Legacy to see his first Barn Owl … Continue reading

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THE ANGEL OF COSTOCK IS A PARENT!!

20th July. It was time to ring the chicks in the box behind the Holy Cross Convent at Costock but it rained early on, drying up by 11:00 and Chris and I were a bit later than we’d arranged. Mary … Continue reading

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THE LOOK ON THEIR FACES!!

One of the pleasures of doing this work is to take other people to see Barn Owls up close; specially those who’ve contributed to the project. David Hill, the MD of our sponsors, Carbon Legacy had been promised a trip … Continue reading

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NEW RECORD FOR BBOP

No; we didn’t go out yesterday!! Saturday 7th July. Over the years, the highest number of boxes of the Broxtowe Barn Owl Project used by breeding Barn Owls was 8 in 2010. Out in the rain on Wednesday, we found … Continue reading

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NOT ONE OF OUR BETTER DAYS!!

Wednesday 4th July. I was hoping to get the Broxtowe Barn Owl Project boxes done this week before Gordon left for Peru; he said Wednesday would be a good day but the weather forecast was not good and I got to his … Continue reading

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STARTING EM YOUNG

Right from it’s conception, RUBOP recognised the importance of taking the project out to schools and the public at large and even before we’d even seen a Barn Owl, our founder Clive James and captive bred Barn Owl Speedy were … Continue reading

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