Category: Chairman’s News

News from the Chairman of the Mid Cheshire Barn Owl Conservation Group

We are very approachable! You will find us in the Rural Activities Tent, right by the entrance. Cheshire show is 18th and 19th June.  

2019 has started quite optimistically. A number of boxes have been checked, principally for maintenance and cleaning out purposes. However, in so doing, a number of barn owls have been found – all looking quite healthy. But interesting, and relatively …

Barn Owl Movements Read More »

Just been checking two barn owl boxes expecting to find chicks in both ready for ringing. The first box contained three dead chicks (luckily the second box had two healthy chicks in it). But this is the second week I’ve …

Are the Barn Owls Suffering??? Read More »

Things are still progressing well with barn owl breeding in our areas. Only this last weekend we found two ‘new’ breeding pairs, one on four eggs. But also this weekend we visited a box which in early May had three …

There are always down sides Read More »

Looking forward to this year’s Royal Cheshire Show and meeting members and old acquaintances again. Things looking quite good around our area groups so far this year – so we should be able to give a positive message to all …

Royal Cheshire Show 2018 Read More »

I watched Springwatch last night (5 June), which reported poor barn owl activity in a number of areas of the UK, citing poor winter weather and low vole and shrew breeding as the main causes. However, our recent experiences here …

Is Cheshire ‘Bucking’ the Trend Again?? Read More »

This last weekend has kept the momentum for the year going. I’ve been getting good reports from around our regions – but on Saturday I found our (my) largest brood/clutch so far this year – 1 day old chick plus …

Thinks Still On the Up Read More »

The last two weekends have been very successful – three more breeding pairs identified, one on 5 eggs and another on 6 eggs. Given the number we have now found on 5+ eggs there certainly seems to be enough food …

Barn Owl Update Read More »

Excellent weekend (28 and 29 April 2008) checking boxes. Three pairs of breeding barn owls found on eggs (2, 3 and 5 eggs respectively). The clutch of 5 eggs was particularly pleasing, indicating a good food supply. Fingers crossed things …

Early Breeding Signs Looking Good Read More »

Recent signs confirm the 2018 barn owl breeding season is underway. Box checks have confirmed breeding birds on eggs. All looking healthy at the moment. Early days yet, but signs are optimistic.

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