Barn Owls are becoming a rarer sight in the North East, with only 4,000 pairs of left in the UK.
Between the 1930s and 2000's barn owls have declined by 70% in the UK.
Some of the reasons for this are:
The loss of the grasslands over which they hunt.
Intensifying farming practices.
The use of chemicals which kill the field voles and other small mammals on which barn owls feed.
Loss of their nesting sites from barn conversions.
The removal of old hollow trees.
Farmers are now being urged to make their land more wildlife friendly, in the hope that this will prompt a revival of the Barn Owl population.
Derek Proud went to meet a farmer who is taking part in a project to help the owls by creating breading areas for them.
Watch his full report here: