Disappearing Tawny Owls in Spain

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Added On September 13, 2017

Wildlife experts have warned about the plunging owl numbers in Spain.
 
In some parts of the country, Tawny owl populations have halved in the last ten years.
 
Lifestyles has more.
 
According to SEO Birdlife, in areas such as Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Murcia, the population of tawny owls and other nocturnal hunters has halved in just a decade.
 
SOUNDBITE(Spanish): JUAN CARLOS DEL MORAL, Coordinator of Studies in SEO Birdlife
"The tawny owl was always an important element in towns as it eat mice and small reptiles and other animals, and it helps to keep a balance of bio-diversity in our towns and in the countryside."
 
With such falls across the board, Carlos Del Moral says the cause can often be traced back to humans.
 
SOUNDBITE(Spanish): JUAN CARLOS DEL MORAL, Coordinator of Studies in SEO Birdlife
"The majority of the species in decline, they all have a common factor. It is linked to agricultural techniques and the intensive use of the rural environment. The amount of insecticides we use and eliminate insects, these show a lack of food. But also, rural depopulation is important as we lose a lot of old buildings, which the owls use to breed."
 
However, there are solutions. Experts suggest a return to rural life, more ecological farming techniques, and reducing the massive use of insecticides.