Mystery Labels Barn Owl


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Mystery Labels Barn Owl

  1. 1. The Latin name for the barn owl is Tyto alba alba Barn owls make a variety of shrieks, hisses and snoring sounds, but they don't hoot (that's the Tawny Owl) Barn owls generally swallow their prey whole but are unable to digest the hair and bone. After each night's hunting the owl regurgitates one or two black pellets Barn owls are amazingly efficient hunters – soft feathers, dark adapted eyes and sensitive hearing Their soft feathers are not very waterproof so rainfall is a problem. A wet barn owl is unable to fly silently and will not catch prey as easily On average a wild Barn Owl eats about 4 mice and voles per night, that's 1,460 per year. The main cause of Barn Owl decline is lack of food (mainly field voles, wood mice, and common shrews). Ideal barn owl habitat is rough, tussocky grassland with a deep litter layer as this is where field voles (the Barn Owl's main prey) are most numerous. Before deciding to encourage Barn Owls make sure the land is at least 1km from the nearest motorway, dual carriageway, or similar road. Buffer strips' are simply strips of grassland along field margins and can be very beneficial to Barn Owls by providing valuable hunting areas Awkward or unproductive corners of fields can be transformed into patches of rough, tussocky grass Farmers who choose the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme can receive £30 per ha per year Britains' 4,000 pairs of Barn Owls produce roughly 12,000 young 3,000 barn owls a year are killed on roads Between August and the end of November, young Barn Owls move well beyond their parents' home range Research suggests that when young owls encounter a major road they are killed very quickly. Under normal circumstances, nest boxes should not be put up within 1km of a main road The best way to make roads safe is to plant high hedges or lines of closely-spaced trees next to the road surface on both sides - forcing birds to fly higher whilst crossing It may be worth putting up a nestbox somewhere - you never know when they might turn up! Barn Owl decline was because of hedges being removed and bigger fields with no rough grass margins
  2. 2. In 1932 there was 12,000 pairs in the UK In the late 1999 there were only 4,000 pairs in the UK The Barn Owl Trust is the only national organisation that's entirely dedicated to conserving Barn Owls A dead barn owl was found by a cyclist on the A53 near to Telford – the RSPCA said it was a young bird Birdwatchers had reported watching a pair of owls nesting in an old barn near Telford A local farmer remembered watching owls on his farm when he was a child There has been more barn owls in Shropshire because farmers are paid to not plough all their fields and leave rough grass Mice and voles live in rough grass and are the prey of owls and hawks