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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.
So far the prospects of a successful breeding year in 2017 are looking good! There would seem to be plenty of voles around, which means plenty of food for Barn Owls, and the weather has been relatively good. If the female Barn Owls are well-fed, they get into breeding condition quickly; clutch sizes will be larger and more chicks will hatch. We are finding well established pairs and some already have eggs (mid April). It is really important that we find, record and protect all breeding pairs and to do that we need eyes and ears out there to report sightings and, in particular, Barn Owls carrying prey. If you are not already a member, please join us and give us your support. If you can, grab your binoculars and start checking out some rough grassland near you! 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 25th May 2017
Video from nests checked to date.
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!
Non-members are very welcome to join at the meeting.