Bad News for Barn Owl Population
A REDUCED vole population has been blamed for the death of around half a dozen barn owls this year.
The hire.ls hunt their main diet with super keen hearing and a head rotation of 250 degrees.
La Societe land management and conservation officer Jamie Hooper confirmed a higher number of dead barn owls than normal had been found.
‘We can’t put it down to bad weather because there hasn’t been sustained enough bad weather to affect them,’ he said.
‘The only thing we can think of is -that their prey, -voles in particular, are at a very low level this year and resulted in our owls really being in a bit of bother.’