The Owls of Treflach

Image kindly reproduced from RSPB website

Owl’s date back 2 million years and have been the farmers friend in the last 10,000 years as they prey on vermin. 

However the young of owls of today only have a 1 in 4 chance of surviving their first winter as 60% of their deaths are by road traffic.

Treflach has Tawny and Barn Owls. The Tawny Owl, of which there are quite a few in the area, can be heard in the autumn calling over its territory. The Barn Owl is seen by chance rather than heard being silent in flight and afraid of man.  It disgorges pellets of undigested food around the area which are 1 to 2 inches long, made up of bone and skin.

Both varieties of owl are nocturnal - crepuscular (twilight) - hunters, and as Treflach still has traditional farms with traditional buildings and indented lanes it makes it safer to breed.

These beautiful, stealthy birds thrive here and long may they do so.