The State of the UK Barn Owl Population – 2017 report has just been published and distributed by email to all our UK conservation contacts. The results are based on the checking of 6,955 potential nest sites by 38 independent Barn Owl projects, and ringing groups. The number of contributing groups has grown from 28 in 2013 to 38 in 2017 and we take this opportunity to send a huge thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to gather the data.
So, how did Barn Owls fare in 2017? Looking at all projects combined, the proportion of sites checked where nesting actually took place was 17% higher than the average of all previous years. The average number of owlets-per-brood was also up, this time by 6.6%. While this is encouraging, there was the usual regional variation and trends were quite negative in some Islands and Western counties. We invite you to take a look at this extensive overview of 2017 and find out how the population fared near you.