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Habitat needed
Barn owls will only attempt to breed if the habitat is right. They need extensive areas of rough grassland or lightly grazed grassland either as whole fields or field margins which form "Corridors". Barn owls most usual prey are short-tailed voles, mice and shrews which inhabit such areas of grassland.
The barn owl can survive quite well on modern intensively farmed land where corridors exist, provided they are extensive enough. A 240 acre farm with about 10 fields edged with corridors can provide the necessary hunting range for breeding to occur. On smaller farms, farmers working together or in co-operation with organisations such as ours can group together to provide this type of habitat.
Temporary ley grassland, cultivated land and fields well grazed by sheep or cattle do not provide this type of habitat.


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