As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 8 September 2014

How to set up your own Operation Owl

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

Operation Owl

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.

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