Barn Owls

Emily Cooper from Three Lochs Estate with a barn owl
Emily Cooper from Three Lochs Estate with a barn owl

A FAMILY of barn owls who are thriving at the Three Lochs Estate, near Kirkcowan were recently ringed by a mamber of the Galloway Nature and Heritage Trust.

The barn owls have occupied a new GNHT nestbox on the estate and are rearing two lovely chicks. Three other new GNHT boxes along the western section of the proposed Galloway Barn Owl Trail near Penninghame Forest were also occupied this spring.

A bemused barn owl chick after being ringed

A bemused barn owl chick after being ringed

The main aims of this collaborative project are to help conserve the local barn owl population and give visitors to Galloway opportunities to observe these beautiful birds hunting over meadows and forest glades. All nesting and ringing data from the project are being submitted by GNHT volunteers to the British Trust For Ornithology and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Landowners and farmers who may be interested in taking part should contact Jack Orchel, Chairman, GNHT, Legerwood, Cunninghame Terrace, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DY.