A top predator…….

Twice now in a couple of months I have seen a barn owl in our area – once flying low through the garden over the big meadow and then across the long borders, head down as he scanned for any movement that could say ‘vole’!  With such an amazing summer here for small mammals its not surprising that we have seen and heard more of the top predators around us.  Last weekend though a barn owl was spotted sitting on the side of the road on the top of a narrow post in the hedge, a short distance from our house.  A classic pose – staring at us as we drove slowly past.  He then flew to a nearby fence, turned and stared at us over his shoulder before spreading his wings and taking off over the fields.  Next weekend’s task – build a barn owl nest box!

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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4 Responses to A top predator…….

  1. Excellent news.

    Having a Barn Owl flying through your garden or at least nearby would be many a birder’s dream.

    Please do build a Barn Owl box or find something similar. They need all the help they can get.

    Good stuff.

    Tony Powell

  2. Seeing one a few weeks ago flying over my wildflower meadow made all the hard work worth while! Will certainly make the nest box – we have had great success with one before and hope to see our owl again!

  3. Have you managed to build that barn owl box yet?! I love your blog and just starting one of my own with renewed enthusiasm with the coming of the New Year. Barn owls are my passion! I have a link to your blog from mine…. Barn Owl Lady x

    • Thank you Sandy – will look forward to reading yours. We are very lucky with the variety of birds around us here but the barn owl is a new addition – not seen for some years but now one is back. Wonderful!

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