Conservation

Conservation

Barn Owl

This owl  box  has been  installed  as  part  of  the  Heritage  Hill Conservation Programme. This box in particular has been designed for  the  Barn  Owl – (Tyto  alba)  whose  breeding  season  usually occurs during late summer to spring.

This is a most exciting period as activity is centered round the box. The female Barn Owl can have a clutch size of up to 10 eggs, usually hatching after about one month. The owlets are able to fly by the time they are between 6 and 8 weeks old and can be seen in the vicinity for about two to three months thereafter.

Unlike the Spotted Eagle Owl, they do not make the ‘hoot’ sound but instead produce a high-pitched screech, which you can listen out for on quiet evenings.

The  greatest  threat  facing  owls  in  urban  areas  is  the  use  of  rat poison; owls eat poisoned rats and then die too. There is no such thing as an owl friendly rat poison.

If you see any activity around the owl box or if you would like more information on howto make your home rodent free, please contact your site office or visit www.ecosolutions.co.za

Good  luck  with  your  owl  box  project,  we hope  it’s  a  hooting success!

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Spotted Eagle Owl

This owl  box  has been  installed  as  part  of  the  Heritage  Hill Conservation Programme. This box in particular has been designed for  the Spotted  Eagle  Owl – (Bubo  africanus)-whose  breeding season   usually runs   from August   to   December   each   year throughout the Southern Hemisphere.

This is a most exciting period as activity is centered round the box. The Spotted Eagle Owl has an averageclutch size of between two to foureggs. The owlets leave the box approximately four to five weeks after hatchingand can be seen in the vicinity for about two to three months thereafter.

On  a  quiet  evening  you  can  listen  out  for  the  Spotted  Eagle  Owl with  its  musical  hoot.  The  male  calls  with  two  hoots  “Hooo Hoopoo”, and the female answers with three hoots “hoo hoo hoo”.

The  greatest  threat  facing  owls  in  urban  areas  is  the  use  of  rat poison; owls eat poisoned rats and then die too. There is no such thing as an owl friendly rat poison.

If you see any activity around theowl box or if you would like more information on how to make your home rodent free, please contact your site office or visit www.ecosolutions.co.za

Good  luck  with  your  owl  box  project,  we hope  it’s  a  hooting success!

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Bats

Your  bat  box  has  been  installed  as  part  of  the Heritage  Hill Conservation Programme.

This bat box is made from 100% recycled wood and is designed to attract crevice dwelling bats such as the Free-tailed, Cape Serotine and  Yellow  House  bat.  Occupancy  will  most  likely  take  place  in spring or early summer after the bats have returned from winter migration/hibernation.

Insectivorous bats are the primary predators of flying insects.

Common Misconceptions about Bats

Bats attack humans: Like any animal that feels threatened, bats may bite in self-defense when picked up. However, bats are naturally non-aggressive animals and unprovoked attacks by bats on humans have never been recorded.

Bats carry rabies: In Southern Africa, “typical” rabies is carried by dogs and wild animals, but has never been detected in bats. A recent study of 780 bats in South Africa found that of the sample group, not one tested positive for rabies.

Bats and their droppings carry parasites that cause disease: Bats harbour some  fascinating,  but  completely  harmless  parasites.  Bats  do  however  carry “insects” similar to fleas, which rarely bite any other animal except other bats

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