Wednesday 9th July 2013
I went to Stirk House with Steve Richardson and Tony Warburton on Thursday the 4th of July. Stirk House is situated near Gisburn in Lancashire, It's a very nice part of the world, although it's sort of off the beaten track, somewhere west of the Yorkshire Dales, and east of the M6. I went to observe, while Steve and Tony met up with some contacts who are monitoring the Trough of Bowland European Eagle Owls. One of the problems with birds like this, is when inevitably their location becomes public knowledge, some parties with 'vested interest' come along, and try to make the owls 'disappear.' Unfortunately, while there are laws in place to protect these species, they are not always easy to enforce. Also, legislation regarding this species is a trifle 'muddled' to say the least, and is open to several interpretations. Whilst it is still technically a foreign species in the British Isles, it is actually protected under EU law, therefore, under EU law it is an offence to disturb this species in any member country of the European Union including the UK. This is something that is often overlooked in this country.
Owlet Day was a bit quiet. I think Sunday the 7th of July was more of a 'going to the beach' kind of day, not to mention the fact that it coincided with the Wimbledon final. (Well done Andy Murray by the way!) The previous night there had been an open air cinematic event on the front lawn of the castle. This was very successful, and the weather couldn't have been better for them. This was partnered by Eden Arts, and the film was 'Dracula'.
It's been a busy week for school tours. This will no doubt come to a sudden stop when the schools break up for the summer holidays. It's not always easy to keep 5 year olds interested in owls for more than 5 minutes in hot weather like this. Usually, a close encounter with a Barn Owl tends to 'save the day'. Our Barn Owl ambassadors are probably some of the most valuable members of staff at the World Owl Trust!
See you next week.
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