In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leo food-pass image copyright Michael Brady, Newcastle.


Saturday, 13 March 2010

Owl profile raised nationally

Interesting to read about the Long-eared Owl survey work in the South West of England.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/WebPRByCountryLang/E7D83D4171828C54802576E1004E5992



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 . . . .

2 comments:

Phil said...

I must admit I hadn't realised the lack of protection for this species until I read your post. "Bricks and Sticks" a good description of the plonkers.

Richard Pegler said...

Hi Stevie. Just found your blog via Paul Riddle's. I've recently caught the owl bug from Paul. Love the image of four LEOs!! Can we see a bigger one please? Very impressed by your 5 owl species in less than an hour!!! Also greatly amused by Jack's fast-flying Terrier!!! Don't kids say the greatest (and most memorable) things!!