A small Woking group have set up to encourage the owl population in their area; here’s how you can do it too
Lucy Palmer, Katherine Purvis
theguardian.com, Monday 8 September 2014 12.25 BST
Location: Woking, Surrey
Established: March 2014
What they do:
Operation Owl is a volunteer-led community project concerned with the protection and conservation of a depleting owl population. “We go out on jollys to check on owls. If we get local sightings, we’ll go out and put a box up for them,” says David Askew, one of the lead volunteers. The boxes are used for nesting and provide shelter from the rain, and the group have put up 14 boxes already and have 24 waiting to be allocated to a spot. The group use their data on owl numbers as an indicator of the levels of biodiversity in the borough. They also bring in ornithologists to talk to the public.