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Public urged to listen out for tawny owls amid fears they are in decline

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Amateur bird-watchers are being encouraged to listen out for the call of the tawny owl as part of a nationwide study.

Researchers are urging members of the public to listen out for the classic ''twit-twoo'' of the owl for 20 minutes each week.

The British Trust for Ornithology hope to gather data on the number of tawny owls amid fears that their numbers are declining.

Jo Edwards, from Festival Park Owl Sanctuary in Ebbw Vale, believes modern day farming practices could be one reason why numbers might be falling.

It's a tough world for the little tawny. With modern day farming practices we don't have little fields any more with lots of hedgerows. That's where their food survives, without the hedgerows we have no voles or mice and the owls have no food.

– Jo Edwards, Festival Park Owl Sanctuary

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Experts hope the Tawny Owl Calling survey, which runs from 30th September 2018 to 31st March 2019, will help them understand if, and where, the bird may be in decline.