Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Another water trough casualty

We received a report this week of another water trough casualty - this time a Tawny Owl.

Luckily the bird was rescued before it died, and taken to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital where hopefully it will be rehabilitated.

This is a reminder of just how dangerous water troughs can be to wildlife. But by simply installing a suitable float, they can be made safe - see here water-troughs

So do please get in touch if you have a water trough on your land.


Saturday, 2 May 2020

2020 - a later breeding season for Barn Owls?

The 14 Barn Owl boxes where we have fitted cameras usually provide a good indication of the timing of the nesting season in the Middle Thames area.
But with the Covid-19 lockdown, we are only receiving information from six of these boxes where the householders are able to monitor the cameras for themselves.
All six boxes are occupied by Barn Owl pairs, but as yet egg laying has not started.
This suggests that 2020 might be a later breeding season than we've seen in recent years.

Update: The first eggs were laid at two of these camera-boxes on 12th and 15th May.

Saturday, 18 January 2020