Barn Owl Check

Wondered why the barns owls have been hunting in the daylight this year?

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

BARN OWLS 5TH JUNE I had the pleasure last Friday 5th June, of going around Wimple Estate with Colin Shawyer, (licensed Barn Owl handler, researcher and author), to visit the three known Barn Owl nesting sites and an additional suspected nest. We started off with the Barn Owl box in an Ash Tree near Sharps Plantation. The first thing you have to do is to block off the Hole in the nest box, then climb a ladder and with great care open a small door in the base of the box, put your hand in the box and remove one of the owls without getting caught by their talons. There were two owls present but no eggs and no young, one bird was removed brought down the ladder in a bag, examined, ringed and weighed, the first bird was a female and weighed 330 gms.

Female adult Female adult

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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