BARN OWL MONITORING

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

Wimpole Estate has four pairs of nesting Barn Owls, two in tree nesting sites and two in owl boxes. Most years an expert from the BTO, licensed  by English Nature, comes to check on numbers etc. Earlier this year he did a check and is sure that two of the sites had young although this could not be verified with photos. One of the Boxes had fallen off the tree and had to be re-erected which was done.
I was unable to keep up my weekly sight monitoring due to a slight incapacity for a few weeks, however I was out around the end of August and saw an adult leaving the re-erected nest box, I reported what I saw and the expert came back to check the box as there have been a good number of second or late broods this year.
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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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