The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

Tawny Owl Surveys

The BTO is running another complementary pair of Tawny Owl surveys over 2018/2019 and would welcome the help of volunteers.

 

Firstly, from mid-August to mid-October they will be running a structured survey based on those carried out in 1989 and 2005 called the Tawny Owl Point Survey (TOPS). For this you choose a tetrad from those available and once signed up just listen two or three times for 20 minutes at or near the centre of the tetrad during the 2 hours after sunset. Full details at https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/project-owl/tawny-owl-point-survey

 

Secondly, from 30 September 2018 to 31 March 2019 for the Tawny Owl Calling Survey (TOCS), they are asking you to listen for Tawny Owls for 20 minutes one evening a week from your own garden or other place that you choose. The more weeks the better but one is better than none! Full details at https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/project-owl/tawny-owl-calling-survey. This survey repeats one carried out in 2005/6.

 

And always remember a zero result is as valuable as a positive!

 

Our BTO rep – Stella Beavan – is happy to answer any queries and she can be contacted at stellabeavan@outlook.com

 


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