An emerging issue with no-till farming is the year-round presence of crop stubble, which provides habitat for House Mouse populations. A pilot study from southern Yorke Peninsula has demonstrated the ability to rapidly increase Barn Owl numbers through the provision of nest boxes, (Meaney 2019) and has led to substantial interest within the farming community. This project aims to expand on the pilot study to demonstrate the agricultural, ecological and economic benefits of enhancing Barn Owl populations at a landscape-scale.
One of the most widespread species of owls and found throughout Australia, the Barn Owl features a white, heart-shaped facial disc and has a pale form.
Prefers open, arid country such as farms and grassy areas and roosts in hollow logs, dense trees or nesting boxes.
Food availability and habitat.
Mainly small mammals like rodents, particularly the introduced House Mouse (Mus musculus), but also small birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Nocturnal. At night, Barn Owls use their exceptional hearing to search for prey in flight. They have no definite breeding season, but usually breed twice a year.