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Short-eared Owls - unravelling some of their secrets

Illustrated talk by John Calladine

Friday 7 October, 7-8pm.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, NE2 4PT

Short-eared Owls are a strong contender to be one of the most charismatic but least understood bird species in Britain. Still breeding quite extensively on our upland moorlands, they have undergone one of the most marked contractions in range of any bird in Britain over recent decades. Using information gained from studies ranging from extensive surveys to local autecological studies, the talk will explore what factors might be limiting the owls. It will be a case study of how citizen scientists are helping to unravel some of the secrets of this enigmatic bird.

John Calladine is Senior Research Ecologist with the British Trust for Ornithology in Scotland. His research interests include land management issues and how they influence bird conservation.