Agricultural and animal science students in the United Kingdom are using the Internet to make owls nests and to collect and study specimens.
University of Bristol student Adam Foy has a project he’s been working on with an agricultural university in Wales called Owl’s Nest and has created a project to help students in Wales collect specimens from wild owls.
Foy, who has been working with an agriculture university in the UK called Cardiff University, is a member of the Owls and Bears team, which is using the internet to help feed and care for wild owlers.
Fay says the project is part of a larger project to conserve and research wild owler populations.
“We are all keen to find out how these birds are surviving in these wild habitats, so we can understand how they reproduce,” he said.
“And we can also help to create conservation models for how they will survive in these habitats and to provide models for their eventual return.”
The project, which aims to help the Owlers and Bears research owler population and find new species, aims to collect up to 30 owls a year in Wales, from wild animals such as ravens and black bears.
“The majority of the owls we collect are in the countryside and the majority of them come from the forests,” he explained.
“They’re not really a wild bird at all, they’re really a captive animal, and we just try and collect them from these areas.”
A lot of the time, owls are trapped in the backyards of houses, or they’re taken out by people who don’t realise that they’re owls, and that they can be quite dangerous and that people should not come into contact with them.
“The Owls’ and Bears’ owl project has been going for about three months now, with the university’s Owls Department, the Owler Trust and the Cardiff University Owler Club all contributing.”
I think we’ve got a really strong relationship with the Owers and Bears and their staff, and the fact that the project has received so much support from the university is a testament to the efforts that we have,” Foy said.
The project has brought in funding from the Cardiff Owler and Bears Trust, and is now being supported by the Owlfood Wildlife Trust.
The Owlers’ and Birds’ project is being funded through the support of the Cardiff City Council’s Wildlife Trust, as well as the Owli Foundation and the Wales Office for Science and Technology.