A clutch of six eggs laid by a pair of barn owls have now hatched.
They are now being carefully monitored via video link by a wildlife artist and avid barn owl conservationist Robert E Fuller in Thixendale.
According to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which this month launched a campaign to ‘Save the last barn owls in Yorkshire’, these birds of prey could disappear from the county altogether if the current rate of decline continues.
In Thixendale, where barn owls numbers are still recovering from a drop of 80% in 2011 and a disastrous breeding season in 2013, the six eggs represent real hope.
Robert E Fuller is a founding member of the Wolds Barn Owl Group, which monitors barn owl populations on the Wolds and patron of the World Owl Trust. He has watched and has been putting out additional food for two breeding pairs since well before Christmas.
Robert’s gallery at Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale, will be open throughout Easter from 11am-4.30pm. See the artist’s website for further details www.robertefuller.com