We are working with the Barn Owl Trust who will provide their final records for our Atlas so please help
Yes, it’s that time again: it’s the Devon Barn Owl Survey 2013! A joint project with
Third time around…
Following previous surveys in 1993 and 2003, this year will see Devon’s Barn Owl population surveyed for the third time. This one-calendar-year survey aims to record as many nest and roost sites as possible and mainly involves re-checking all places where Barn Owls were recorded during the last survey (281 nests and 348 roosts) plus all occupied sites recorded during the intervening nine years. In 2003 we checked/ recorded a staggering 1,176 sites and this year we expect to be checking even more. As in previous years, this year’s survey will be mainly carried out by the Barn Owl Trust with help from the Society. DBWPS members are invited to contribute information on nest/roost sites they know of or may have discovered in the course of their fieldwork for the Devon Bird Atlas Project. All of the sites recorded by the Barn Owl Trust will be included in the Devon Atlas. However, as the Barn Owl is a Schedule One species, site names and exact locations are never published.
Please report your sightings!
Although the main thrust is to record occupied nest and roost sites, we are always interested in recording any one-off sightings or perhaps the white owl you regularly spot but have no idea where it roosts. We even record dead Barn Owls! (Road casualties and fallen nestlings a speciality). If you normally send in sightings to us at Devon Birds these will be extracted and passed on to The Barn Owl Trust.
The Devon Barn Owl Survey is certainly not just research; it’s a vital population health check. When sites are visited or reported we always check to see if sites are under threat and identify any opportunities for pro-active conservation work. So, as well as producing a new population estimate and distribution map, the surveys allow us to target future conservation work at sites where the birds most need our help.
How you can help? Please used the special Devon Barn Owl Survey Form which has been produced for society members
DBOS, Barn Owl Trust, Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7HU
Note: Physical detailed searches of farm buildings and trees can only be carried out by people who are capable of using large heavy ladders and who have been trained to work safely whilst avoiding disturbance. A licence from Natural England is also required.