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Owls: Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL15115, tabled on 20 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) number, (2) welfare, and (3) distribution, of barn owls in England.

Answered on

29 April 2021

The State of UK Birds report provides the latest population trends for all the UK’s bird species.

The population estimate for barn owl in the most recent report was 4,000 – 14,000 breeding pairs in 2016. The BTO’s Nest Record Scheme shows the species is widely distributed across Great Britain. There has been no specific assessment about the welfare of England’s wild barn owl population.