Thanks to Rob Gilmour for this excellent image of a barn owl quartering the new heath on Tuesday 25 Feb 2020.
Yesterday was a great day for birds of prey on the 'new heath' and Galley Hill. As well this beautiful barn owl, there were red kite, kestrel, sparrow hawk and a 'kettle' of five buzzards ( 'kettle' being the term for when birds of prey circle overhead). Galley Hill, the ancient hillfort on the appropriately named Buzzard trail at The Lodge, regularly attracts birds of prey: perhaps there is something about it's topography, the way it has steep slopes and overlooks the lower lying ground below, that attracts them to the location.
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