opulations of Barn Owl are suffering a severe reduction around the world. The intensification of agriculture has led to the abusive use of pesticides to kill insects and rodents pests, causing Barn Owl preys poisoning, as well as direct killing of this and other nocturnal birds of prey by poisoning.
he Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent (belonging to the Departament de Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya/Environment Department from the Autonomous Government of Catalonia) and Trenca collaborate on the captive breeding of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba). The primary objective is to release chicks born in captivity by using a technique called hacking.
a) Wooden box where barn owls will breed. It is going to be placed in the appropriate place (churches, lofts, rural houses, hermitages, barns, old buildings, etc.) with the approval of the owners.
(b) Adult Barn Owl (on the left) and chicks (on the right).
(c) Once the chicks are fully grown, start to exit the nesting box.
© a) and c): Trenca’ s files; b): Albert Gispert
hrough this action, it helps to recover the population of this nocturnal raptor where it lived and is now gone. On the other side, keeping in mind the collaboration of people and entities that volunteer for hacking, an educational line has been set up to raise awareness among the population about the Barn Owl conservation, as this bird is very beneficial to agriculture.