Barron Catchment Care works with land managers in the Barron River Catchment to install owl nesting boxes for pest control services on properties in the catchment.
The Owl Project was initiated through Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funding in 2002-2003, when Barron Catchment Care was facilitating community involvement in catchment care and integrated pest management, and encouraging landholders to manage for owls on their farms.
The outcomes of this initial project included:
increased retention and rehabilitation of natural habitat on farms
increased understanding of the value of natural habitats (especially those supporting owl populations) for agricultural production
installation of owl boxes on properties throughout the Barron River catchment
enhanced understanding by farmers of the role owls play in integrated pest management and biodiversity protection.
Promoting the values of iconic wildlife through integrated pest management has lead to a greater understanding amongst the Barron River Catchment community of the needs of wildlife, resulting in improved management for wildlife, and activities that enhance biodiversity on properties.
The promotion of farmers’ involvement in the program has also raised community awareness and understanding of farming issues and has helped to find positive solutions.
Sustainability of the project
Since 2003, Barron Catchment Care has continued to facilitate Owl Project activity. The local Lotus Glen Correctional Centre built approximately 25 owl nesting boxes each year, at no cost, with Barron Catchment Care providing materials. This partnership ended in 2014. There are currently 150 owl nesting boxes installed throughout the Barron Catchment.
We are now looking for funding to assess the effectiveness of the owl boxes installed throughout the Barron River Catchment.
Of particular interest is the assumption that owls take up permanent residence in the boxes, rather than just during breeding times.
The project would have key partners including education institutions, environmental organisations and scientists.
Barron Catchment Care is now giving away the last remaining owl boxes to landholders who have suitable habitat.
For more details, contact the Catchment Coordinator.
Find out how to make an owl box (PDF 300kb)
The best height to install the box is 5-10 metres above the ground. This tree provided an idea spot.
Barn Owl fledgling that emerged from one of the Barron Catchment Care's owl boxes in the Yungaburra area.