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Further information

The Barn owl Trust are a charity who do tons of good things for barn owls. Visit their website for further information.
http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/index.html

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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Barn owls are present across Britain except for the Highlands and islands of Scotland. Barn owls do sometimes roost in barns and buildings but despite the name, they will also use many natural features such as holes in trees and rock crevices to roost and lay eggs. Barn owls prefer rough grassland habitats which support good populations of rodents, with voles being a particular favourite. Barn owls also like field edges, riparian vegetation and grass strips alongside woodlands which provide good hunting grounds.

What do barn owls eat?

Barn owls hunt at night using their excellent eyesight and hearing to locate prey. Owls have fringed flight feathers which enable them to fly almost silently and get close to prey animals before carrying them away with their strong talons. Barn owls prefer voles, mice and occasionally birds and frogs. Barn owls begin to hunt at dusk and fly over an area of rough grassland habitat looking downwards most of the time. When a small mammal is seen or heard the owl hovers and picks the best moment to pounce. Barn owls will also hunt from a perch, waiting for prey to appear close by then dropping directly on to the prey.

Threats

The decline of the barn owl has been caused by many factors. The mechanisation of agriculture and demand for cheaper foods has led to a loss of high quality foraging habitat. The use of poison to kill mice and rats has also had an impact on populations. Barns and other agricultural buildings have been converted into houses and major roads cutting through habitats claim many barn owls every year.

What can you do?

An Extended phase 1 habitat survey prior to the start of any works on site will identify Barn Owl habitats and field signs and enable you to plan for any further survey, licensing and mitigation work. When converting loft spaces in barns areas can be set aside for use by barn owls and other roosts can be created using nest boxes placed high in trees or suitable structures.

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Case Studies

Bat survey near Chester

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April 2012
A bat scoping survey and bird scoping survey of a farm building in Golborne, Cheshire was carried out by UES. Golborne is a small village south of Chester. T... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

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November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Breeding bird survey in Knutsford, Cheshire

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August 2011
UES have completed a breeding bird survey of a site in Knutsford, Cheshire in order to meet planning conditions. A breeding bird survey involves recording bird ... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

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November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Habitat creation for MMU Crewe

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November 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to design mitigation measures for birds and bats into the new sports science centre at Manchester Metropolitan U... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey in Birmingham

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to provide an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of o high rise office complex near Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Survey is to provide informa... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...

Aerial tree inspections

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October 2010
Bats often use cracks and holes in trees to roost. many bat surveyors will only inspect trees from ground level using binoculars. In some cases this is adequate... more...

Extended Phase 1 habitat Survey Crewe

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May 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of a farm building and its surrounding habitat Close to Hartingt... more...

Major Pipeline Survey

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January 2010
UES were commissioned by a Northwest based utilities company to carry out survey work for a major pipeline in the north west of England. ##Planning The propo... more...

Tarbock Hall Golf Course

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January 2010
Tarbock Hall is a 86 hectare parcel of land west of Liverpool. The land was used for agriculture until 2000 when it was sold to a team of developers who wanted ... more...