Blog Index Owl Box Project Update

One of the complete Owl Boxes.

One of the complete Owl Boxes.

August 2013 - Shamwari Game Reserve, part of the Shamwari Group together with the Born Free Foundation have created the ‘Owl box Project’. The aim of this initiative is to educate schools and the surrounding communities about the significance of owls and how the owl population can be increased so that rodent numbers can be reduced.

This new conservation program focuses on using the Spotted Eagle Owl and the Barn Owl as a natural rodent and insect control on the farms, in townships, lodges and the surrounding areas, instead of using pesticides and rodenticides, which is very dangerous for the wildlife, pets, children and whoever may come in contact with it.

So far two schools were selected to partake in the program, Sandisulwazi High School from Paterson and Hendrik Kanise School from Alicedale. Each school’s eco-club was invited to visit the Addo Raptor and Reptile Park near Addo town and was educated about the various animals, birds (including owls and vultures) and snake species. Many had the opportunity to ask questions and conquered their fear after coming in contact with snakes and various reptile species.

Each school has the task of building 10 owl boxes at the primary cost of R70 per box. All the equipment and material needed is supplied to the schools by Shamwari Game Reserve and the Born Free Foundation. A demonstration is done at each school to illustrate how to construct the owl boxes and what the end product should look like. Shamwari Game Reserve then purchases the owl boxes from the school for R150 and the R80 profit is then used by the school for educational tours.

Shamwari Game Reserve is happy to announce that they have received their first completed barn owl boxes which will be put up at the various lodges. The rest of the boxes will be done in due time and distributed all over the reserve, lodges and staff accommodation.

Shamwari Game Reserve Owl Box Project


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Joné Fick posted on 9 October 2013:

Good day Mike My name is Joné Fick and I am the person co-ordinate the Owl Box Project at Shamwari Game Reserve. Where do you live? In a city/town/farm? Even if you are in a city/town the possibility is still there that the owls will take to the nest boxes if you install them in your garden. Can I ask if you know which species of owl has been around your house? If you install an owl box for a Barn Owl they are a lot more likely to use it than the Spotted Eagle Owls. The Barn Owls will use it during the year for housing and nesting, where the Spotted Eagle Owls only use it during breeding season once a year. There are a few things to look at when installing an owl box. It should be in a well wooded areas with enough shade over the box. About 3 meters above the ground either on a pole or attached to a tree. The box entrance hole should be faced away from oncoming wind (if you know where the wind usually comes from). It should also be in an area where it's not too noisy and have lots of traffic. I hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to shout if you need any additional information. Let me know in which area you live in and I can try and find out where you can find owl boxes for sale Good luck and enjoy. Joné Fick

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Mike Callaghan posted on 4 October 2013:

Would one work in my garden - I live in a Townhouse complex and now and again we have an owl calling here in the grounds - have also seen him on occasions.illustrated

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