Due to the ornithological monitoring plan at Crystal Rig wind farm within the Scottish Borders, Pure Energy is happy to substantiate that 4 pairs of barn owls bred on the website this 12 months. The ornithological monitoring plan, a doc setting out the monitoring necessities as dictated by the planning circumstances connected to the wind farm consent, specified the requirement for synthetic nesting baskets for long-eared owls which had been put in to mitigate in opposition to the lack of nesting habitat for this species as massive areas of forestry (the breeding habitat for long-eared owl) had been felled to permit for wind farm building.Barn owlThrough the on-going monitoring work, no long-eared owls had been discovered, nevertheless, barn owls (birds of open habitats) had been recognized to utilise the wind farm space and breed within the close by outbuildings. Because of this, Pure Energy put in three barn owl bins in varied areas across the wind farm to advertise the expansion of the native barn owl inhabitants. Pawel Plonczkier, Environmental Guide at Pure Energy, mentioned: “The availability of synthetic nest websites is a vital a part of any conservation initiative for barn owls, resulting from fashionable landscapes providing few nesting alternatives for this species. We subsequently monitored what number of bins had been occupied and recorded the breeding success.“Supporting the barn owls by provisioning synthetic nest websites is important not just for breeding birds but in addition for non-breeders and fledged children that might use bins for hiding and roosting – serving to to extend their likelihood of survival.”Of the 4 pairs breeding at Crystal Rig this 12 months, one pair occupied one of many new bins, two pairs had been resident in a dilapidated farm constructing and a shed, and one pair nested in an outdated tree nest field which was put in by Pure Energy again in 2014. In early June, a complete tally of 12 hatchlings and 9 eggs had been recorded throughout the 4 websites, nevertheless, in July it was found that one pair sadly produced a clutch of infertile eggs. Three pairs efficiently reared their younger, with eight chicks nonetheless current at their nest websites in mid-July.Members of the Lothian & Borders Raptor Examine Group (L&BRSG) had been invited to assist with catching and ringing the chicks on the final website go to.Discover out extra about our environmental companies right here https://www.naturalpower.com/environmental/ About Pure PowerNatural Energy is a number one impartial renewable vitality and infrastructure consultancy that employs 350 employees globally. The corporate presents proactive and built-in consultancy, administration and due diligence companies, backed by an revolutionary product vary, throughout the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal, renewable warmth, photo voltaic pv and hydro sectors, while sustaining a robust outlook on different new and rising renewable vitality sectors. www.naturalpower.com https://twitter.com/Natural_Power https://www.linkedin.com/firm/natural-power ENDSContact particulars:Jane Maher, PR and Media Pure PowerT: 07887 995 589E: [email protected] https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js