"From the middle of the 19th century, the beautiful barn owl began to decline in Britain. The original decline is thought to have been the result of an increase in persecution. The decline continued as a result of agricultural intensification, poor winter weather, traffic deaths, pesticide use and a loss of hunting and nesting site." (Arkive.org)
With well over 200 species of owl in the world, Barn Owls are considered the greatest worldwide distribution formed of at least 18 subspecies.
Alert to the falling numbers in the UK offers indicators that affect a whole range of different species, hand in hand they are inseparable and as important as one another.
There is nothing more confusing than extinction, we are wired with the desire to avoid it.
In order to start a thinking process, BOPH is focusing on wildlife close to home. Three species facing increasing hardship in the UK today. The Barn Owl, The Kestrel and The Hedgehog,
(among many others).
Fantastic information is already available from the following links...