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Plight of barn owls to be discussed in Droitwich
11:30am Monday 4th November 2013 in Local
THE Droitwich supporter group of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is hosting a talk about the plight of barn owls.
The group, run entirely by volunteers, will meet on Monday, November 11 to hear Roy Fowler talk about the fascinating birds.
Roy Fowler, an active member of The Hawk and Owl Trust, has a long history of helping to conserve and care for barn owls and other birds of prey.
John Holder, organiser of the event at Droitwich Methodist Church at 7.30pm, said: “Our group meets once a month from late autumn into spring. We have a range of great speakers who are able to help us all discover more about the marvellous range of wildlife we have in Worcestershire and across the UK.
“Roy Fowler is quite a well-known personality in the local area – he’s the founder of the Worcester Barn Owl Conservation Group. He has been involved with barn owls for many years – monitoring nest sites, advising landowners about habitat creation and rehabilitating injured birds of prey.”
Barn owl numbers can still be found across the county but, although they were a common sight, numbers have been declining as land use has changed and traditional nesting sites have disappeared.
The birds are now amber listed with an estimated population of just 4,000 pairs throughout the UK.
The Droitwich group is one of nine supporter groups across Worcestershire that organise walks, talks, fundraising events and practical conservation work parties.
The Droitwich group meets on the second Monday evening of the month at the Methodist Church Hall on Worcester Road at 7.30pm.
Members of the Droitwich group also help out at two local nature reserves – Droitwich Community Woods and Trench Wood.
The group are always keen to welcome both members and non-members of the Wildlife Trust to their meetings.
For more information about the supporter groups and the work of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, visit worcswildlifetrust.co.uk
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