Interesting to read about the Long-eared Owl survey work in the South West of England.
winter roost in edge of timber crop
The lack of knowledge nationally has meant that LEO isn't afforded any special legal protection or conservation status and is entirely omitted from the UK Birds of Conservation Concern List (BCC).
Hopefully Chris Sperrings efforts will ensure this species recieves the designation it deserves.
Its amazing to think its still considered "fair game" by birding bush-bashers & "bricks & sticks" brigade here in one of its few national strongholds . . . .