‘Help an Ealing Owl’ Project Launch

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new joint environmental project between Ealing Wildlife Group and Ealing Council’s park rangers entitled ‘Help an Ealing Owl’.

What are we planning to do?

We plan to put up owl nest boxes in parks and green spaces across the borough to help with owl conservation as well as to provide opportunities for local residents to learn about owls and carry out conservation work in their area.

If we get enough funding, we will even install a couple of camera nest boxes so we can hopefully show the owls as they breed and raise their young! A local licensed bird ringer will help us track the progress of the chicks our boxes help.

Little Owl chicks ringing Warren Farm Aisha Belman Phil Belman
Little Owl chicks being ringed at Warren Farm by Phil Belman (Photo: Aisha Belman)

What kind of owls are we helping?

Three species of owl have been recorded in Ealing; Little, Tawny and Barn Owl. We hope by providing more nest sites we can boost the numbers of these charismatic birds. The boxes will also likely benefit other vulnerable species in London such as Kestrels and Stock Doves. All of these species rely on cavities for nesting, and with natural tree holes in short supply, wooden nest boxes can provide a great and long lasting alternative.

Barn Owl Osterley Park Kish Woolmore 1
Barn Owl hunting over Osterley Park (Photo: Kish Woolmore)

We need your vote to get funding

The project is being funded by Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme (link below) which uses the money spent on disposable plastic bags in Tesco Stores for community projects.  Customers vote for one of three projects in store to determine how much funding they get; £1000, £2000 or £4000 in funding is up for grabs. The more funding we get, the more areas of the borough we can improve for owls.

Our project enters the Ealing stores (see list below) for voting on Thursday 1st March and remains until the end of April. You can vote every time you make a purchase in a local Tesco store, regardless of whether you buy a plastic bag. Just ask for a token at the till and pop it in the ‘Help an Ealing Owl’ box. Easy!

How can you help?

  1. First, start voting every time you visit your local Tesco.
  2. We want to raise awareness and get as much funding as we can. So please share this information with everyone you know and ask them to vote for Ealing owls.
  3. We are also looking for you to submit records of any owls you’ve seen or heard in Ealing. Just fill in a simple form at the link below.

Have you seen or heard owls in Ealing borough?

Please let us know by filling in our survey form here:

https://goo.gl/forms/rTVRhZA1c9SNVvMm2

You can submit past sightings and continue to use this form throughout the year. This will help inform us where owls are currently and where best to site the nest boxes in the borough to help them.

What Tesco stores can you vote in?

2012 ACTON EXPRESS W3 9RH Express
5780 ACTON METRO W3 7RR Metro
5439 EALING BROADWAY METRO W5 5JY Metro
2579 GREENFORD METRO UB6 8QY Metro
2632 GREENFORD OLDFLD EXP UB6 8PP Express
2708 HAVEN GRN EALING EXP W5 2PB Express
2586 HOOVER BUILDING UB6 8DW Superstore
2443 NORTHFIELDS ELING EXP W13 9QR Express
3312 NORTHOLT EXPRESS UB5 5AU Express
6836 SOUTHALL KING ST EXP UB2 4DB Express
5388 UXBRIDGE RD W EAL EXP W13 8SB Express

What conservation and volunteering opportunities are involved?

Firstly, we will be putting on a talk about owls and other birds of prey in Ealing, dates and venues to be confirmed soon. Secondly, we will announce some owl walks throughout the breeding season on EWG’s Facebook page. If you haven’t already joined, please do. We will be posting progress updates on the project on there on an ongoing basis. Finally, there will be some opportunities to volunteer and help us install and monitor the nest boxes.

Any questions? 

Just drop us a line on ealingwildlifegroup@gmail.com, our Facebook group or in the contact section or comments.

More info:

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/tescocommunityscheme

 

 

 

 

 

 

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