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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Questionnaire
                                                                                                                        Habitat                                                     How do you know you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How Many Barn Owls are
                                                                                                                                                                                    have a nesting Barn Owl?                              5 steps to encourage

 Barn
                                                               In the past the Barn Owl was a common sight on           Rough grassland – good feeding habitat for Barn Owls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         nesting in north east Wales?
                                                               farmland in north east Wales, and a loyal occupant
                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a list of simple indicators you can use to    Barn Owls                                                                                      We don’t know. Please help us find out by
                                                               of many farm buildings. You may have seen this                                                                       identify your resident Barn Owl:                                                                                                                        answering these simple questions:
                                                               magnificent bird just after dusk, or just before dawn.                                                                                                                     • Provide suitable feeding habitat.




 Owls
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Droppings – large white splashes - commonly                                                                                                      1. Do you have suitable feeding habitat nearby?
                                                                                                                                                                                      known as whitewash - on a hard surface or smaller                                                                                                        Yes No
                                                               Barn Owls have become more scarce.                                                                                                                                         • Leave field margins unsprayed and uncut,
                                                               We want to know how many Barn Owls we                                                                                  white patches on hay or straw. Droppings may run     thereby increasing the population of small                                                  2. Do you have Barn Owls nesting on your land?
                                                               now have in our area. This is where you may                                                                            down roof timbers below the Barn Owls’ perch,        mammals; the Barn Owls’ prey.                                                                      Yes No
                                                               be able to help, by letting us know if you have                                                                        appearing as white vertical lines.                                                                                                               3. Would you like advice on suitable habitat and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Barn Owls need a level area on which to lay their                                             nest sites for Barn Owls?
                                                               Barn Owls nesting on your land.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           eggs, normally over 3 metres above ground. Such                                                     Yes No
                                                                                                                        Barn Owls will live comfortably alongside people, using                                                            places may be in a wall cavity or within straw
                                                               This leaflet provides you with some simple steps you     man made structures such as farm buildings as daytime                                                                                                                                                          4. Would you like a nest box erected on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bales stored in a barn, but a better, safer place                                              property?
                                                               can take to find out if you have a resident Barn Owl.    roosts and breeding sites. They prefer traditional farm                                                            would be in a special nest box made for them,                                                      Yes No
                                                                                                                        buildings. However, they will use a new development                                                                either in a building or on a tree. We can supply
                                                               On the back of the leaflet is a short Freepost           or barn conversion if adequate provisions are made.                                                                                                                                                            5. Would you be willing to have your nest site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and erect a nest box for you.
                                                                                                                        They need a safe dark space to nest up off the ground                                                                                                                                                             monitored by one of our licensed field workers?
                                                               questionnaire you can complete in 5 minutes.
in                                                             This will give us an idea of the Barn Owl population     in buildings. They may also nest in large cavities in old   • Pellets – regurgitated remains of Barn Owl prey,    • Owls are vulnerable to drowning in water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes No

north east Wales                                               in north east Wales. Please help us to monitor our       trees. They will use these sites as a base for hunting in     composed of hair and bone, found in roosting         troughs. This can be prevented by floating a                                                Your Details
                                                               population of Barn Owls.                                 the nearby area if this has suitable habitat for their        areas. The size of a barn owl pellet varies from     piece of timber or upturned, plastic milk crate in                                          Name: …………………………………………………………...
                                                                                                                        prey, small mammals.                                          thumb nail size to whole thumb size, and is a        the trough.                                                                                 Address: …………………………………………………………
                                                                                                                                                                                      glossy black colour when fresh.                                                                                                                  ………………………………………………………………………
              Partners in this project are:                                                                             Barn Owl hunting ground includes a mixture of                                                                     • Avoid using rodenticides as poisoned rodents can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ………………………………………………………………………
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Feathers – Barn Owl wing feathers are very           kill Barn Owls if eaten. Please consider:
                                                                                                                        the following habitats:                                                                                                                                                                                        ………………………………… Postcode: ……………........
                                                                                                                                                                                      distinctive.                                         using traps, cats or terriers and disposing of
                 Grwp Astudio Adar Ysglyfaethus Cymru -
                   ˆ                                                                                                    • rough grassland, supporting a high field vole                                                                                                                                                                Telephone number: ………………………
                             Gogledd Cymru                                                                                                                                                                                                 dead rodents by burning.
                                                                                                                         population                                                                                                                                                                                                    e-mail address: …………………………………………...
                                                                                                                                                                                    From March through to
                                                                                                                        • damp, tussocky grassland in fallow or lightly             August take extra care not                                                                                                                         NB: Your details will be held on our database and only made
                                                                                                                         grazed pasture                                             to disturb nesting birds.                                                                                                                          available to project partners. Please return this slip to:
                                                                                                                                                                                    This is their main breeding
                                                                                                                        • weedy field margins                                       season. Barn Owls are
                       Wales Raptor Study Group -
                              North Wales                                                                               • hedgerows with rough margins                              protected by law under




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                C2389 DesignandPrint 01352 704000 DL
                                                                                                                                                                                    Schedule 1, Part 1 of the
                                                                                                                        • woodland edge                                             Wildlife and Countryside
                                                                                                                        • stubble fields                                            Act 1981. Only people with
The status and distribution of Barn Owls in north east Wales                                                                                                                        the appropriate Schedule 1
                                                                                                                        • drainage ditches                                          licence may investigate the
                                                                                                                        • farm grounds                                              nest sites. Our project
                                                                                                                                                                                    fieldworkers have such licences.
         We gratefully acknowledge the assistance
         of Chester Zoo in funding this leaflet.

				
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