Help us to track one of our most enigmatic breeding birds.
Short-eared Owls are an amazing species but they are in decline, and the reasons are unclear. Through pioneering tracking work we are now gathering data to understand them more and hope to provide guidance towards securing a future for Short-eared Owls and the environments they inhabit.
Short-eared Owls can be nomadic, breeding almost prolifically in some years and areas, yet in others appearing to be absent. Sadly, they seem to be declining and Bird Atlas 2007-11 also shows a range contraction of 48% between 1970 and 2010. The reasons underlying these changes have been a mystery but now we can start to learn more.
We’ve carried out pilot work on seven owls in Scotland to find out more about habitat use, how it differs between day and night and throughout the year, and now we can scale up the work to collect essential data needed to understand their year-round requirements and migration strategies.
Your support of the raffle will help us to understand the needs of this struggling species.
Thank you for your support.