Posted by: lhct | December 2, 2020

Barn Owls breed successfully this year at Chesworth


As winter approaches it is time to cheer owlselves up with an eagerly awaited Chesworth event from the summer… Here two female Barn Owl owlets are being checked over at their nest by the HDC countryside warden team. They’re around 40 days old in the picture, give or take a few days between them. So by now they should be stretching their wings around the district, already giving lucky locals who spot them that ‘wow’ moment and in the coming years will find a territory of their own.

As a Schedule 1 licenced species, it is an offence for anyone to disturb, or damage or destroy their breeding habitat. They were handled under licence by bird ringers trained by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). The data recorded is fed back to an international database to help in monitoring species populations.

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