Wednesday, 9 August 2017

This pair of beautiful barn owl chicks were born to two rescued barn owls, released back into the wild from Ashridge last spring. ⠀ ⠀ In March, after assessing the area sufficient for hunting habitats and to check there were no other owls nearby, the adult pair were placed in a nest box with a small food supply. After that they had to rely on their own hunting skills. In July, as part of our wildlife monitoring programme, our nest boxes were checked and we were delighted to find these two chicks. ⠀ ⠀ It is heart-warming to know the two released birds have not only managed to survive but have also raised two chicks so soon. The information that we hope to collect by ringing the chicks will help to build a picture about the lifespan and movements of wild barn owls, something that is vital to inform our conservation efforts. (Note that all monitoring activities were carried out by licensed staff with the appropriate permits from the British Trust for Ornithology). (C) National Trust/Emily Smith.⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #barnowl #owl #owlsofinstagram #conservation #ashridge #ashridgeestate #hertfordshire #buckinghamshire #wildlifewednesday #wildlife #wildlifeuk #ornithology #britishtrustforornithology

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