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Thank you for visiting our website. We are a small local conservation charity (Registered Charity No. 1093893) and our aim is to encourage a viable population of wild Barn Owls on the Wirral peninsula.
We want to tell you something about these beautiful birds; why they are under threat and what we are doing to help them. You can help in so many ways - you can become involved as much or as little as you wish, but most of all we value your support for what we are trying to achieve.
The pale and ghostly form of a Barn Owl floating over the fields used to be a common site on the Wirral peninsula. Two major surveys - one in 1932, the other in 1985 - showed that the population declined in Cheshire and Wirral by 85% in the intervening years. We are working hard to reverse that decline and have had considerable success but the situation is still precarious and we need lots of help!
The main reasons for the decline are loss of rough grassland habitat, which is home to prey species such as voles and mice, and the loss of nesting and roosting sites in old farm buildings: many of these have been converted into homes or replaced by modern agricultural buildings which are unsuitable.
When the (then called) Wirral & Ellesmere Port Barn Owl Group was first set up in 1999 there was only one pair of breeding Barn Owls known on the Wirral peninsula, from the North Wirral shore right down to the Shropshire Union Canal near Chester. Go to the next page for news of what is going on.
Interim Breeding Stats:
26 breeding pairs 62 young seen 59 young ringed (3 were seen by camera in a nest box that was in a dangerous condition and could not be accessed for ringing.)
Your sightings reports will help us to focus our monitoring effort - you can report sightings by telephone, email or via this website - go to Sightings Reporting page.
No. of successful breeding pairs: 17
No. of young fledged: 34
Pole box nests: 8
Tree box nests: 8
Building box nests: 1
Natural nests: None found
7.30pm Thursday 28th September 2017 PLEASE NOTE: This month the meeting is in Room J (downstairs) The Bebington Suite, Bebington Civic Centre, Civic Way, Bebington, CH63 7PN.
Disabled access via separate door near the disabled spaces in the large car park. GUEST SPEAKER: Stephen Menzie
“One Step Beyond Moult” Subspecies and vocalisations are subjects that most birdwatchers avoid. Stephen guides us through the topics, showing us they're not so scary after all. They can also add extra enjoyment to our birding and cause us to look at even the most familiar garden birds with fresh eyes.Stephen is a member of the British Birds Editorial Panel and Board, and works for NatureGuides Ltd producing apps and other digital natural history products.
Refreshments, raffle and news update.
A voluntary contribution of £1.00 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of hiring the hall and refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) etc. Thank you!