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In the bleak midwinter


When winter arrived last week it brought the usual numerous challenges for us, but far more for the wildlife on the farm. It was not just a case of keeping warm when temperatures dropped to double digits below freezing, but also in finding food. I’d heard it could be useful to put a small area of grain on the snow in an area where barn owls hunt.

This brings the small mammals on top of the snow and so back into view for the hungry owls again. The short term placing of grain should just bring the animals already resident above the snow and should not encourage a population that could become a problem. So I gave it a go on the grass paths where we have seen the owls in the past.