The SBOG is a voluntary group which has been working since 2002 to increase the breeding population of barn owls in Shropshire by providing nestboxes in areas of suitable habitat and working with farmers and other landowners to improve and conserve their habitat.

When we started out in 2002 we estimated the barn owl population in Shropshire at around 140 breeding pairs. Now, it is in the region of 200 pairs.

We:

  • Conduct site surveys and promote the conservation of barn owls and their habitat with farmers, landowners, statutory authorities and conservation organisations
  • Operate a nestbox scheme for barn owls in Shropshire to provide new breeding sites for barn owls and to replenish natural nest sites lost to decay and development
  • Monitor nestboxes and natural sites for occupation by breeding and roosting barn owls on an annual basis under licence from the British Trust for Ornithology
  • Maintain a database of breeding sites, nestbox occupation and breeding success
  • Rehabilitate injured barn owls to their natural environment
  • Disseminate information through illustrated talks, an annual report and our website
  • Provide advice and practical assistance to local authorities, developers and home owners to mitigate disturbance to barn owls
 
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