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NEW BLOG AVAILABLE

This blog covers the period from June 2010 to April 2015 Visit the new Rushcliffe Barn Owl Project Blog

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PREDICTIONS FOR THE BARN OWL YEAR AHEAD

The last two Barn Owl years couldn’t be further apart; 2013 was a disaster with poor winter weather causing a massive crash in the vole population; hundreds of Barn Owls were reported dead and very few pairs carried on to breed. … Continue reading

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CALL THAT AN OWL? THAT’S AN OWL!!

On my recent trip the Belarus, it turned out that one of our guides, Denis Kitel was an Owl Man; putting up platforms for nesting Great Grey and Long-eared Owls and monitoring nest holes of Tengmalm’s Owls. He was able … Continue reading

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A GOOD DAY FOR UPDATING MY BLOG!!

On a horrible cold snowy day, a good day for updating my blog; so what do Owlists do in the Winter?? Well, there’s always something to do though nothing is that urgent and much depends on the weather. Some owls … Continue reading

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HEDGING MY BETS

All my life I’ve loved ladders; from being a 4 year old toddler climbing up the diving board at Bulwell Lido to a life on the Fire Service, then doing the Barn Owl Project; ladders have always played a big … Continue reading

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BACK IN THE GROOVE!!

I started the day with some trepidation; after finding 2 broods of dead chicks last week, we were scheduled to check 2 more boxes that should by now have good sized chicks, one at Stragglethorpe that had already fledged 2 chicks this … Continue reading

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SOLVED; THE MYSTERY OF SKINNER’S LOCK FARM!!

Last year, I had a call from one of my farmers, Jo,  a lady at Skinner’s Lock Farm at Cotgrave. She told me that she’d found a dead Barn Owl chick in her pig barn but could find no trace … 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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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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