Why Barn Owls need our help in Shropshire

In 1932 there were 287 breeding pairs of barn owl in Shropshire. In 2002 the Shropshire Barn Owl Group estimated the population at 121 to 140 pairs, a decline of nearly 50%. 

Since 2002, we have installed over 400 nestboxes for barn owls across Shropshire and we now estimate their breeding population to be in the region of 200-220 pairs.

This is good news but we have some way to go to get the breeding population back to historical levels.

The decline has been attributed:

- The loss of prey-rich rough grassland habitat on farmland

- A reduction in the availability of nest sites in old trees and barns

- Urbanisation, pesticides and road casualties


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