NEWS FROM THE AREA AROUND THE RESERVE

Hello everyone,

Some good news - Two Red Kites, among Britain's most spectacular and largest birds of prey, have been seen very close by recently. One perched on the back fence of a garden backing onto the field facing the Barn Owl box. As it took off, its wingspan was seen to be almost 6 feet wide, the distance between the fence posts. It flew across and landed near the owl box.

To give the Barn Owls every opportunity to build on their recent breeding success at the Charlton Musgrove owl box, the field owner will be talking to the farmer who rents the field to request a 10 m boundary of uncut grass be left, and an electric fence erected to protect the area when animals are grazing. He will also talk to his new neighbour about future conservation of the Hazel hedgerow adjoining the reserve.

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