Conservation

AFRICAN GRASS OWLS IN TROUBLE

Posted on the 28th September 2011

Hi all.
The latest news items on the SABAP2 (
http://sabap2.adu.org.za) and MyBirdPatch (http://mybirdpatch.adu.org.za) websites show the range-change map of the African Grass-Owl in South Africa. Although the species is under-recorded, the results do suggest that there have been some significant changes in the range and relative abundance between the two atlas periods; some range-contraction does appear to be occurring and the species is not as 'common' over large parts of its known range. This grassland specialist is indeed in trouble and urgent conservation action will be required to safeguard large and viable areas of habitat to maintain populations into the future.
Regards
Doug

 


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