Following on from our first site visit of the year on January 16, here is a summary of some further recent site visits that the team have undertaken.
Site visit 6. MG delivered and installed 4 new outdoor boxes to Guiting Power. This completes the suite of boxes at this site. Many thanks to the management and staff at this site whose interest, co-operation and support are outstanding. Monitoring of boxes will begin in May. Several Buzzards two Red Kites and a Kestrel were observed whilst installing the boxes.
Site visit 7. In the afternoon MG visited a new site above Winchcombe and surveyed the area with the site manager. Four potential sites were identified for boxes, with plenty of feeding habitat present. Report to be prepared for landowner.
Site Visit 5. MG delivered 6 new indoor boxes to Guiting Power for placement over next week. (Boxes in position by 20/02/2015 see photographs).
Site visit 4. MG and RH visited a farm near to Guiting Power to advise on nest box positioning. This is a fantastic farm which already has breeding barn owls, being monitored by the programme, but there is plenty of suitable feeding habitat, and evidence in outbuildings and barns of visits by barn owls. Five indoor sites and two outdoor sites were identified as potential nest places, so boxes were ordered.
Site visit 3. MG and WB to Grange Farm Dymock to put up two boxes. One an indoor box on a beam, in a barn, where pellets were found on floor and signs of roosting on beam. The other an outdoor box positioned on an old shattered oak to replace a natural nesting site that had gone when part of the tree fell down. An old box on the site needs repairing, but a Tawny owl was using this box as a roost site.
Site visit 2. Again with Vince to one of the Cotswold study sites. A new box was put up in a field where there is much barn owl activity, and pellets found at base of old shattered and dead oak. This oak also has a lot of splash on it and is the current roost site. However the tree will not last much longer, so the new box will hopefully be adopted by the owls. Also evidence of little owls on the site, and a kestrel seen feeding in the field.