Enthusiasts Ille-et-Vilaine. Three "owls" to meet in nature on Saturday

16:45  03 march  2021
16:45  03 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) is organizing several walks in small groups in Rennes, Melesse and Romillé, on Saturday March 6. This year, the 14th edition of the owl night will be organized ... in the afternoon.

Some like the sound of the horn in the evening, deep in the woods; others also pinch it for the hoot and hiss. Every two years, the meeting is always eagerly awaited: the night of the owl.

The 14th edition is being organized this Saturday, March 6, 2021. In Ille-et-Vilaine , the Bird Protection League (LPO) offers several walks in Rennes, Melesse and Romillé. But this year, no moonlight walk: the discovery of nocturnal raptors will be done during the day.

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"We had no choice, the protocol is strict , concedes Jean-Claude Lanoë, LPO delegate of the Ille-et-vilaine group. The activities in Melesse, Romillé́ and Rennes will take place between 2 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., during “walks” which will leave every 15 minutes on each of the sites. Registrations are limited to five people, each group will be accompanied by a guide ". An event was also initially planned at Guipry-Messac, "but we were unable to access the same day site" .

La chouette effraie ; trouve plus difficilement refuge dans les clochers, de nombreuses mairies les obstruant pour empêcher la nidification des pigeons. © archives ouest-France The barn owl; It is more difficult to find refuge in bell towers, as many town halls obstruct them to prevent pigeons from nesting.

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For the other three sites, there are still places, "the exact meeting place will be specified once registration has been registered. Each person can only register for one time slot, on one site ". Registration is free and must be registered before Friday, March 5, at 7 p.m.

Une chouette chevêche, à proximité de son nid. © Archives OUEST FRANCE. A little owl, near its nest.

It will not necessarily be easy to see owls in broad daylight, but the guides have planned something to feed curiosity. In Ille-et-Vilaine, what are the most common species? "The tawny owl, the most common, the little owl, the smallest, the barn owl or" white lady ", and the long-eared owl" , explains Jean-Claude Lanoë.

Nocturnal raptors, a link in biodiversity, which always require attention and protection. “Owls and owls are always struggling species. Because their environment has been significantly modified, is suing the delegate of the LPO. The little owl appreciated old apple orchards for nesting; the barn owl took refuge in the bell towers, but more and more town halls are obstructing them to prevent wood pigeons from settling there ... ".

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The LPO can set up specific nesting boxes, “the town halls can contact us”.

14th owl night in Rennes, Melesse and Romillé . Information and registration on the website of the LPO: https://nuitdelachouette.lpo.fr

LPO 35, Maison de Quartier de la Bellangerais - 5, rue du Morbihan in Rennes. Tel: - Email: ille-et-vilaine@lpo.fr

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