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Topic: Plastic Drums as Barn Owl nestboxes
Posted by: Nick Atkinson & Alan Levitt
Date/Time: 3/28/2002 6:53:33 AM
 
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As a trial in late 2000 we constructed several Barn Owl nestboxes from 200 litre plastic drums. These were erected (long axis - horizontal)in trees within suitable habitat in two study areas designated 'A' and 'B'.We were unable to monitor the drums during the breeding season in 2001 due to the FMD outbreak. However in late 2001 we found that two drums in study area 'A' and one in study area 'B' showed signs of Barn Owl breeding activity. The amount of trampled pellet debris within these drums convinced us breeding had taken place. However the evidence remains circumstantial.Last week on 23rd March we visited study area 'A' to inspect the ground under the plastic drums for evidence of occupation. (The Barn Owls did not over-winter). We found numerous fresh Barn Owl pellets under one drum. When inpecting the area around the other drum (around 1/2 mile away from the first) a female(?) Barn Owl emerged from it - despite our best efforts to make as little noise as possible.It's early days yet but it looks promising. Hopefully breeding will occur at these two sites this year. Our next visit - to monitor the number of eggs laid (if any) - is planned for around mid to late May.Is anyone else trialing plastic drums as Barn Owl nestboxes ? What are your experiences/observations/reservations etc. ? We'd like to hear from you.We'd be interested to hear of any other alternatives to wooden nestboxes being trialed.

 
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Plastic Drums as Barn Owl nestboxes3/28/2002 6:53:33 AMNick Atkinson & Alan Levitt
     Re:Plastic Drums as Barn Owl nestboxes4/3/2002 3:31:17 AMPeter Beaven
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