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Cold spring impacts on owl breeding season

African Spotted Eagle Owl Credit: Terry Iveson

Conservationists at the Cumbria based World Owl Trust believe that this year's exceptionally cold and wet spring has impacted on the breeding season of the UK's owls.

Experts at the world's leading owl conservation centre say that owls which would have normally hatched owlets by now are still sitting on eggs.

Mackinder's Eagle Owl Credit: Terry Iveson

Wulf Ingham, head keeper at the World Owl Trust, said:

“We are well behind where we would normally be in terms of the breeding season.

“We think it is due to the cold and wet spring that we have had this year.

"Our officers who go out monitoring barn owls have reported that they have not yet been able to record any owlet numbers because none of the owls has yet hatched any owlets.”

The World Owl Centre, based at Muncaster Castle, is home to owls from around 40 different species and sub-species.

Conservationists at the Trust have been working to ensure that endangered owls are kept safe, and their rehabilitation unit nurses injured owls back to full health.

You can find out more about the work of the World Owl Trust here.

Cumbrian Owl Trust conservation day

An event aimed at raising awareness about owls and how important they are is being held by the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle.

They will be offering information on how to help owls living around the region and will be asking hoteliers to allow their grass to grow long, which will encourage young animals into their gardens- providing a vital source of food for owls.

"Our Conservation Day is a great opportunity for people to come and see the kinds of things that they can do to make a real difference in helping see owls thrive in their area."

– Millie Clarke, Conservation Officer, World Owl Trust

The owl trust centre is home to more than 200 owls from 50 different species and sub-species.