gives Berrow talk on work to protect Somerset owls
and conservationist Chris Sperring MBE from the Hawk and Owl Trust
was the VIP guest at a well-attended meeting in Berrow this week.
Conservation Group hosted the very well-attended meeting in the
Village Hall on Thursday (March 19th) when the topic of the rise
and fall of the Barn Own population in Somerset was discussed.
explained that the ups and downs of the Barn Owl population are
mainly due to habitat, and stressed the important contribution
made by farmers who agree to leave untouched, areas - or margins
- around their fields between hedgerows and ploughed areas.
havens for wildlife provide ideal breeding grounds for small mammals,
the staple diet of the barn owl," he said.
also stressed the importance of continued efforts by wildlife
groups and volunteers.
group's Ann Griffiths said: "Chris' presentation was of a
very high standard we have come to expect from him - the highlight
for many was the chance to have a close encounter with Chriss
owls, Barn Owl Bellatrix, and Tawny Owl Orion."
Members of Berrow Conservation Group, who have erected two Barn
Owl nesting boxes in the village, with Chris Sperring and members
of 'Give2Hoots', who raise funds for the Hawk and Owl Trusts Community
Barn Owl project