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State of the UK Barn Owl Population

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State of the UK Barn Owl Population - report

The purpose of this document is to provide an early indication of the state of the UK Barn Owl population using annual monitoring results collected by independent monitoring projects across the UK. At least 7,000 potential nest sites are checked each year by a wide range of enthusiasts, volunteer groups, and dedicated Barn Owl projects. The idea of producing this report was stimulated by the shockingly poor results collected in 2013 and voluntarily sent in to the Barn Owl Trust.

The results presented are based on the checking of 6,666 potential nest sites from Scotland to the Channel Islands and from Suffolk to West Cornwall.

Collectively, the amount of effort that has gone into gathering this information is immense and the authors are keen to acknowledge all those who contributed their data:

Alan Ball, Bob Sheppard, G Steele (south Lincs.), 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, North Cumbria Barn Owl Study Group, Northamptonshire Barn Owl Project, 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, and Wolds Barn Owl Group.

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