Latest Update on Operation Owl, plus an Opportunity to Visit Woking’s New Wetland and to Build a Barn Owl Box

paulfittingboxpaul &owl mapAfter Christ Sperring’s inspirational talk on owl conservation, the LA21 Biodiversity Team and other organisations and individuals have been busy putting up owl boxes around the Borough. Paul Rimmer, the Estates Manager of Horsell Common Preservation Society has been particularly helpful with the project. Not only has he erected 2 Barn owl boxes and 1 little owl box on Horsell Common, but HCPS have also agreed to buy 9 more owl boxes to erect at suitable locations around the Borough. They have also kindly agreed to store the boxes and on Saturday 10th May, LA21 members are invited to see their new amazing wetland site at Heather Farm. There will also be an opportunity to put together a Barn Owl box, and if you have any bird related questions, there will also be an ornithologist on hand at a British Trust for Ornithology stall. The Heather Farm Wetland Site is located down a track on the right hand side of the A3046 about half a mile before you get to the Mimbridge Garden Centre. The post code is GU21 4XY.

The Surrey Wildlife Trust have also been very helpful and supportive. They have put up 1 barn owl and 1 little owl box at their Manor Farm Reserve in Byfleet, and will be helping us locate suitable trees at Westfield Common and St John’s Lye. Ian Gribble has erected a box in the prime owl habitat of Papercourt Meadows and owl boxes will shortly also be appearing around Goldsworth Park Lake and in Pares Wood, Horsell. New Zealand Golf Course has put up a Tawny Owl box and West Byfleet Golf Course is also planning to put one up. Over the next few weeks, the Biodiversity Team will be finalising the exact locations of the remainder of the 23 owl boxes and 1 kestrel box that Woking Borough Council have so kindly provided the funds for, and we will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime, if you would like to join the Biodiversity Team, please either come along and meet us at Heather Farm on May 10th or email Charles at .

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