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England - North West
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Click on the thumbnail map to open in a new window, if the picture is too small to see your local area click on the 'cross' icon that will appear at the bottom right-hand corner to expand the map to full size and find your locality.
Alternatively save the image to your computer and use, for example, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to zoom in on the map and search for your locality
Use the Multi Map link opposite to find your OS Grid Reference
Understanding the maps
Broadly, the different colours represent the following:
Red - Landscape very suitable for Barn Owls.
The provision of nest boxes is the main priority. Foraging habitat should be improved if nesting success is low (less than 3 young per pair).
Cream - Landscape quite suitable for Barn Owls.
The provision of foraging habitat is the main priority. Nestboxes should be provided where foraging habitat is above average or being created.
Blue - Landscape generally unsuitable for Barn Owls.
The altitude/vegetation/winter climate determine the area to be largely unsuitable for Barn Owls. However if Barn Owls are already present, encourage as much as possible.
Yellow Hatched Areas - Motorways and dual carriageways. No nestboxes should be erected within 1km of major roads unless the road is screened by hedges or continuous tree lines immediately adjacent to the road surface.
Also displayed on the maps are landscape features to help you identify your location/study area. These are:
Blue lines - Rivers and canals
Black lines - Minor roads