Row of cows at farm in Shropshire

Forge Goes Wild for Local Owl Preservation

18/03/19Forge Goes Wild for Local Owl Preservation

As part of our ongoing commitment to preserving and nurturing the countryside and its inhabitants, we recently had an owl box installed on our land by Shropshire Barn Owl Group. The box will help local tawny owls nest safely, as it is positioned in a tree, away from predators. It was a useful way for us to support a great local charity, at the same time as helping to preserve our beautiful rural environment. 

The Shropshire Barn Owl Group is a voluntary organisation, which has been working since 2002 to increase the breeding population of barn owls in Shropshire. Members of the group do their conservation work in their spare time, including making their own nest boxes. A tawny owl box has been installed in a field behind our office in West Felton. It’s a welcome addition to over 400 nest boxes that have already been installed across the county by the group. 

Owls have been hit by depleting numbers, with their countryside habitats of grassland and woodland being compromised by development, intensive grazing or neglect. The Shropshire Barn Owl Group provide nest boxes in suitable areas and work with farmers and other landowners to improve and conserve these areas. Their efforts have paid dividends. When the group first started out, the estimated barn owl population in Shropshire was around 140 breeding pairs. Now, it has grown to be in the region of 200 pairs. 

At Forge we have always been committed to wildlife conservation. Being involved with land management and farming clients, we are constantly aware of the impact people and development are having on rural locations. Among our other conservation activities, our Shropshire office is designed to be eco-friendly, and we got involved with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and even hosted a baby hedgehog last winter. 

 

Image by kind courtesy of Shropshire Barn Owl Group 

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