Farm scheme boosts owls

Wildlife-friendly farms are helping to restore the fortunes of the barn owl.

Conservation Grade-accredited farms are predicted to see 25 per cent more barn owls nesting this season than unaccredited farms, according to a survey by the scheme's organisers and the Barn Owl Conservation Network, which recorded the numbers of chicks leaving the farms last season. Conservation Grade describes the owls as an "ideal indicator" of the health of farms' ecosystems.


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