on Thursday 18th November 2021 at 7.30 pm via Zoom
Chris Sperring MBE is a professional conservation officer as well as a writer and broadcaster. Chris gave advice to YACWAG when we were first formed and bought our first ten-acre field to be a nature reserve. We had been hoping we could persuade lapwings to nest on the field, having seen them decline and dwindle until only a pair was left nesting near the Yeo, and about to give up. Chris had other ideas. ‘If you grow the grass, you will get short-tailed field voles, and if you get voles the owls won’t be far behind.’ He advised us to put up a specially made nesting box for barn owls, which he said were dispersing from the Somerset Levels into our area but finding no suitable nesting sites. ‘Put up a pole box,’ he said in the autumn, ‘and look out for barn owls in February.’ In February our first barn owl was seen.
Chris will tell us about barn owls and why their conservation is important in a talk via Zoom on Thursday 18th November 2021 starting at 7.30 pm.
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The barn owl is YACWAG’s flagship species, the iconic fluffy chicks representing our first obvious wildlife endorsement of our work.