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Fears for Tawny Owl population as seven killed between King's Lynn and Dereham in just two days




Concerns have been raised on social media following the deaths of several Tawny Owls on the A47 in West Norfolk this week.

Ornithologist Kevin DuRose, tweeted: "7 Tawny Owl road casualties in the last two days. Sad."

Three of the seven killed were discovered on the stretch between King's Lynn and Dereham yesterday.

Tawny Owl (3) NottsWT cpt Darin Smith.JP (16504650)
Tawny Owl (3) NottsWT cpt Darin Smith.JP (16504650)
credit Zdenek Machaek @ Unsplash (16476859)
credit Zdenek Machaek @ Unsplash (16476859)

They are thought to be juvenile owls looking for a new territory.

According to the British Trust for Ornithology, Tawny owls have been upgraded to 'Amber status' since 2015, as the population is thought to be on the decline.

West Norfolk is known as a Tawny Owl hotspot in the UK, but the species is known to be at particular risk of road fatalities, which are one of the leading causes of owl death.



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