regional Barn Owl Conference took place on 7th October 2017 at
the Lino Salt Works, Marston, Cheshire, organised in
partnership with The Barn Owl Conservation Network. The range
of subjects covered were wide but the focus was on bringing
barn owl conservationists at all levels across the country
together to build on good practices and plan for the future.
We intend that this will be the inaugural meeting of many more
similar events. Many delegates asked if the presentation files
could be downloaded; those that are available can now be
downloaded from the Files
Used At The 2017 Conference. topic in the forum at our developing new
new website development continues at
https://mcbocg.ipjdev.co.uk/ . It will include additional
features to this site as well updated information from this
decent year, one of the best actually and highlights just how
erratic the breeding pattern is.
Our ambition has always been to have a strong
population in an environment that can cope with a bad year. A
very encouraging sign but it doesn't mean we can let up on
- Our hopes for 2015 were
for at least a decent year after the lows and highs of 2013
and 2014. In March/April/May barn owls were being found in
their boxes but there was very little sign of breeding
activity. Even by August numbers were down 30-40% on last year
with brood sizes struggling around 2 chicks per brood and a
larger number of failed broods than normal.
decline is not restricted to Cheshire and it seems that of the
9000 pairs of barn owls only 3500 - 4000 will successfully
breed this year.
sightings are very important to our on-going recording of
barn owl activity, so if you see or hear a barn owl please Send
a sighting report
to let us know
Owls Groups of Cheshire:
are county & national Biodiversity Action Plans in
relation to the conservation of barn owls and the barn owl
groups are the ground workers for these plans. So whilst the
groups cover relatively small areas their combined efforts
are of national importance. There are barn owl groups in
South Cheshire, Broxton (effectively West Cheshire), Wirral
& Ellesmere Port, North Cheshire, North east Cheshire,
east Cheshire and ourselves in Mid Cheshire (see Links).
that are found seemingly abandoned should be observed from a
distance whilst expert advice is sought such as from Lower
Moss Wood Educational Reserve & Wildlife Hospital or the
RSPB. Young owls often fall from the nest and later climb
back of their own accord. Barn owls which are found injured,
should be placed in a dark box and kept in a warm place
until veterinary advice can be sought. (Lower Moss Wood
Educational Reserve & Wildlife Hospital can be contacted
on 01565 755082).
here for nest box plans.
- All images © Ian Philip
Jones, no permission to use any of them is implied.