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10th March 2016

South Antrim MLA hatches plans to protect the barn owl
(via Ulster Wildlife)

 

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South Antrim DUP MLA, Pam Cameron is hatching plans to protect of one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds after signing up to become ‘Species Champion’ for the barn owl.

There are estimated to be less than 30 to 50 breeding pairs of barn owls left in Northern Ireland. Loss of suitable hunting and nesting habitat, combined with the build up of toxins from consuming poisoned prey, are the main reasons for the bird’s decline.

Mrs Cameron met with Catherine Fegan, Barn Owl Officer with Ulster Wildlife, recently on a farm near Aldergrove, owned by Andrew Cunningham, to learn first–hand about the species and the practical actions landowners can take to give the bird a fighting chance.

A keen conservationist, Mr Cunningham has established a variety of habitats suitable for barn owls, including new plantations at various stages of growth and uncut grass around the trees which attracts small mammals – the bird’s favoured prey. He also put up an indoor nest box in an outlying shed ten years ago after spotting a barn owl in the area.

 

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Speaking during her visit, Mrs Cameron said, “I am delighted to be championing the barn owl, not least because I think they are particularly beautiful and iconic creatures, but also because they are under real pressure. My visit to Mr Cunningham’s farm has given me a much better understanding of this important species, and I look forward to working with Ulster Wildlife to help promote and secure its future.”

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