Short-eared Owl tracking Appeal

This elusive species has historically been very poorly understood. This appeal funded the equipment, travel and staff time for analyses and reporting needed to undertake a tracking study of Short-eared Owls so we could better understand their ecology and life history strategy.

This appeal is now closed to donations, but you can still support our work:

Short-eared Owls are an amazing species, and a sighting is a magical experience. They can be nomadic, breeding almost prolifically in some years and areas, yet in others appearing to be absent. Sadly, they seem to be declining.

The reasons underlying these changes have been a mystery. However, we are now in position to begin to understand them with the BTO Short-eared Owl tracking project. With further research we will be able to work towards securing their future.

To fulfil the potential of this work, and ensure valid information is available to those who can apply the findings to help Short-eared Owls, we need financial support. The next three years expenditure will be £97,000. This will cover tagging costs, fieldwork at different sites, analyses of results and subsequent publication. Each satellite tag costs £2,000 to buy and the annual data costs are £1,000.

Read more on the current progress of the Short-eared Owl tracking project.

How you can make a difference

The Short-eared Owl Tracking Appeal is now closed to donations, but you can still support our work:

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