Giant owl returns after centuries|Ed Malone||11/15/05 at 08:18:45|obadiah|xx|0||

The world's biggest owl is secretly and successfully breeding in
England, conservationists have disclosed.

Knee-high to a human with a two-metre (6ft) wingspan, the eagle owl is
returning after centuries of absence.

Ringing of chicks confirms that a pair of the birds has reared 23
offspring on the North York Moors since 1997.

The first footage of a family of wild eagle owls in this country will be
shown on 16 November in "Natural World - Return of the Eagle Owl" on BBC

The owls are thought to have arrived from continental Europe, but the
programme reveals there is controversy over their future here as they
continue to spread.

Some experts and conservation organisations say eagle owls are an alien
species that could prey on existing rare wildlife.

In areas where there are shortages of smaller mammals, the eagle owl
will sometimes prey on larger ones, including other birds of prey.

It is even said to be capable of carrying off cats and small dogs.

It's fantastic that we can now hear that call again in the countryside

Conservationist Roy Dennis

Roy Dennis, a specialist in raptor conservation who has dedicated his
life to bringing birds of prey like ospreys and red kites back from the
brink of extinction, is convinced that the secretive eagle owl was once
a British bird hunted to extinction.

He believes it should now be welcomed back as a necessary part of our

"There is no doubt that this bird could live in our countryside," he

"It's no different from Holland, southern Sweden or Germany [existingeagle owl habitats] and it's fantastic that we can now hear that call
again in the countryside."

Programme producer Fergus Beeley, of Spider Movies, said: "Like it or
not, eagle owls are here and more are bound to arrive as numbers grow in

"As predators of predators they may take some of our more familiar
wildlife, but perhaps that's a small price to pay for || Re: Giant owl returns after centuries|Willie||11/15/05 at 09:57:41|Willie|xx|0||I have a friend who keeps owls including an eagle owl. She assures me that wherever there are eagle owls there are few if any other species of owl as they are extremely territorial and wipe out all competition. Eagle owls had their time in this Country and fate decreed that they should go the way of the dinosaurs. I'm not keen on reintroductions, I think the time, money and effort should be spent on preventing any other species of owl (like the barn) form going under. We use to have bears, wolves and hyenas etc, where do you draw the line?
Any thoughts anyone?
|| Re: Giant owl returns after centuries|Bullseye||11/18/05 at 00:44:33|Michael_Watson|xx|0||I'd say "give them another chance",round my way we've got the Wild Boar back,(and if you see an Alpha male just looking at you from 40 meters away,its a very memorable expierience !!),Fallow deer were re-introduced, (another of my favorites round here)even the North American Mink (I've seen lots of these) is finding it's place here.Any predatory creature will only rear enough young to "fill" the available spaces.Beaver,lynx ect, give them another chance.Over the last 15 years or so I've seen Peregrins and Buzzards "re-introduce" themselves here (East Sussex),Egrets have introduced themselves !,I've seen Red tailed Kites three times here,Little Owls are breeding well here,the list goes on.............did you know that the Barn Owl is one of the most worldwide spread birds ?,it must be doing something right !
We've messed things up I know but remember its "Those most fitted to survive",not "survival of the fittest",give them another chance !.|| Re: Giant owl returns after centuries|Willie||11/18/05 at 08:52:58|Willie|xx|0||OK one more chance, but only if you correct the lyrics of time warp....Madness takes it's toll|| Re: Giant owl returns after centuries|Bullseye||11/18/05 at 23:18:41|Michael_Watson|xx|0||Fair enough,[i][/i]I was probably p*ssed when I typed it anyway[i][/i] ???||