Barn owl boom on grouse moor

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A bumper brood of barn owls are nest­ing on moor­land man­aged for grouse shoot­ing in the York­shire Dales.

Six chicks were found in good health on Con­i­s­tone and Grass­ing­ton es­tate in June and were all ringed by a Bri­tish Trust for Or­nithol­ogy ringer, with help from head­keeper Har­vey Wig­gins.

Barn owl num­bers have been poorly mon­i­tored in re­cent years, though their num­bers are thought to have de­clined dur­ing the past cen­tury. The most re­cent UK sur­vey, car­ried out be­tween 1995 and 1997, es­ti­mated that there were around 4,000 pairs across the coun­try.

Bumper brood Six barn owl chicks were found on an es­tate man­aged for grouse

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