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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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About the Barn Owl

State of the UK Barn Owl population 2013


2013 was an extremely poor year for Barn Owls - described as 'the worst year since records began'. This prompted the Barn Owl Trust to collate results from 26 independent Barn Owl monitoring groups around the UK.

All groups reported a drop in the number of breeding pairs. The drop in numbers varied from a 24% decline to 100%. The overall drop in nesting occupancy was 72%. To view the results please click on the link below:

'State of the UK Barn Owl population - 2013'

Data was kindly provided by the following groups:

Alan Ball, Bob Sheppard, G Steele (south Lincs.)
Barn Owl Trust
Barrie Watson (West Sussex)
Buckinghamshire Owl Raptor Group
Cam Valley Wildlife Group
Cheshire Barn Owl Groups
Hawk and Owl Trust - Chris Sperring
East Riding Barn Owl Conservation Group
Imber Conservation Group
James Gloyn & Gil Gaylor (Isle of Wight)
Jersey Barn Owl Conservation Network
Lower Derwent Valley NNR Barn Owl Group
Manchester Raptor Group
Montgomeryshire Barn Owl Group
NW Norfolk Ringing Group
Northamptonshire Barn Owl Project
North Cumbria Barn Owl Study Group
Pang Valley Barn Owl Group
Scottish Raptor Study Group
Shropshire Barn Owl Group
Staffordshire Barn Owl Action Group
Stour Valley Wildlife Action Group/South Warwickshire Barn Owl Survey
Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary - Thornham Owl Project
Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation (VBOC)
West Cornwall Ringing Group
Wolds Barn Owl Group

Please note that this is a 'Living Document' which was updated on 19/09/14 and may be updated again as more information becomes available.

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Barn Owl Trust staff and volunteers
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