PEBOG (Pennine Edge Barn Owl Group)
7 members of the PEBOG team came to
the MTVCA to give a powerpoint talk on "The
Elusive Barn Owl". We had a reasonable turn out and there was a good
atmosphere. Some of the members of the team gave a talk for around 10 minutes
on the subjects of the owl's life cycle, behaviour, hunting habits, and habitat.
It was extremely interesting and packed full of information. One very surprising
fact was that most of those who attended (outside of the
PEBOG group of course!) thought the
sound was "twit a woo" or "t-woo", it was revealed that it was actually a
screeching sound and not a sound at all associated with
Another member gave a brief overview of the work of
PEBOG and the fact that in recent months
they had erected around 21 boxes around Lancashire in order to encourage
barn owls to nest and mate and this was proving successful. They also appealed
for any sightings of barn owls to be reported to them so that an accurate
record can be kept of their numbers. They brought along an example of an
owl box they use. They are very heavy and have to be hauled up on the tree
by use of a rope pulley system. Then someone has to climb up and fasten them
to a tree with coach bolts to sustain the
Tea, coffee and biscuits were served and people had a chance to mull around
and chat. There was a lot of interest shown in the work which
PEBOG did and a few new members were
enrolled into their ranks. It was a really good evening.
It is hoped that a display illustrating the work of the
PEBOG group will be put up at No.5
Oaken Clough and a link is already on MTVCA's website. Keep up the brilliant
Seen any Barn Owls recently?
The Pennine Edge Barn Owl Group
About Barn Owls
barn owl is an elegant looking bird with a distinctive heart shaped face
and relatively small black eyes. It has a white breast with golden plumage
to the back and head. It is the only owl that appears white when in flight.
Barn owls are nocturnal but can occasionally be seen in the early morning
and late afternoon. They do not hoot like Tawny owls. Instead they have a
variety of calls that sound more like screeches and snoring. Barn owls need
extensive areas of rough tussocky grassland in the form of whole fields or
field margins. This habitat is preferred by their favourite food source,
the short-tailed vole. 95% of a barn owl diet is small mammals such as voles,
mice and shrews. The owl eats its prey whole and disposes of the indigestible
bones and fur in a pellet. The barn owl is afforded special protection under
the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 and has as much legal protection as
any wild bird can have in Britain.' Individual birds, their eggs and young
are protected at all times and nesting barn owls are protected against
Why has the Barn Owl population declined?
The barn owl is the most widely distributed owl in the world but sadly under
threat in the UK where the population has declined by over 70% in the last
50 years. The barn owl was considered to be very common during the 19th century
but has declined to such an extent that it is now a rare bird over much of
Britain. To a large extent, Britain's Barn Owl population has become dependant
on the provision and maintenance of nest boxes due to the lack of more natural
sites. Nest and roost sites are lost through a wide variety of causes including
the' general deterioration of traditional farm buildings, unsympathetic barn
conversions, and loss of hollow trees due to Dutch Elm disease and the general
'tidying up' of the countryside.
What are we doing?
The provision of nest boxes for use by Barn Owls is believed to be one of
the most important conservation measures and one of the easiest to implement.
Across the UK, a wide range of organisations and individuals have erected
well over 25,500 Barn Owl nest boxes.
How you can help
You can help to conserve the Barn Owl by becoming a member of the Peninne
Edge Barn Owl Group (PEBOG) If you are a taxpayer and complete a simple Gift
Aid declaration we can reclaim the tax paid on your donation and significantly
increase the value of your gift at no extra cost to you
|Sign up for:
|c Individual Membership
|c Couple Membership
|c Family Membership
|Method of payment
|c Cheques made payable to Pennine Edge Barn
|"Taxpayers please complete Gift Aid
declaration.Sorry,donations under £5 are not acknowledged without an
|I would like to know more about the Pennine Edge Barn Owl Group
and enclose a large stamped addressed envelope.
|Please tick the relevant boxes:
c Barn Owl Boxes
c Sample of PEBOG news (our bi-annual newsletter)
c Educational resources
c Consultancy/Site Assessment Service
c Fund-raising for the PEBOG
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reclaim the tax paid on your donation, thereby increasing the value of your
gift at no extra cost to yourself.
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We are trying to contact farmers and landowners who wish to encourage
wild Barn Owls. We are informing them the importance of maintaining nesting
and roosting sites and providing suitable hunting grounds.
We are willing to give talks to schools, teachers, societies, farmers and
local authorities to raise awareness of the plight of the Barn Owl and the
effect on the environment of everyday human activities .
We have attended the Farmers Markets in Ashton-u- Lyne and Mossley giving
out leaflets covering all aspects of Barn Owl conservation, including habitat,
nest boxes and barn conversions. All of our information is sent out free
If you think that you have seen a Barn Owl please let us know the following
The Date & Time
Where seen- preferably the Grid Ref.
Description of what you saw or heard
Your Phone No. for further discussion
Communication and Co-operation
The Pennine Edge Barn Owl Group is an associated member of the Barn Owl Trust
and where necessary we will obtain their expert advice and information. We
will work with organisations and individuals locally, nationally to encourage
the conservation of Barn Owls and the whole environment.