The impressive barn owl
was just one of more than 300 animals brought into the centre last year.
A 2016 report collated by the Barn Owl
Trust recorded more than 6,000 potential barn owl
nest sites and more than 1,000 active nests across the UK.
ZOO THE ALL "Not many people realise that barn owls
and kestrels are declining in numbers, especially during winter months when cold, wet weather prevents them from nesting and hunting and many die of starvation, as wet weather also affects the vole population too, which is their main source of food.
Along with Barn owls
, Northern Spotted Owls, Mexican Spotted Owls and Snowy Owls are also currently listed as endangered.
Rocha R, Ferreira E, Leite Y, Fonseca C, Costa L (2011) Small mammals in the diet of Barn Owls
, Tyto alba (Aves: Strigiformes) along the midAraguaia River in central Brazil.
are not completely nocturnal and can be seen hunting in broad daylight.
For barn owls
, the recommended density is up to one box per 5-10 acres; for kestrels, the recommended density is up to one box per 10 acres.
According to studies, a pair of barn owls
consumes over four to five thousand rodents per year," the news release said.
Diet of tawny owl Strix aluco was studied in gardens of National Agronomical Institute of El Harrach during 1996 and 1997 and that of barn owl
Tyto alba in Jardin d'Essai of Hamma in 1997.
Rhug once had one of the largest populations of barn owls
e results will also help the trust advise landowners and farmers who are already managing their land sympathetically for WILDLIFE and are looking to help barn owls
Ann Jungman says 'In 1932 it was estimated that there were 12,000 pairs of barn owls
living in Britain.