NESTING BOX... Landholders Graeme and Christina Ball, with Adelaide University honours student Kelly Meaney, at the owl nesting box established on their property near Warooka. NESTING BOX... Landholders Graeme and Christina Ball, with Adelaide University honours student Kelly Meaney, at the owl nesting box established on their property near Warooka.

Supporting owls could reduce mice numbers

RESEARCHERS on southern Yorke Peninsula are investigating whether barn owls could provide an alternative, or additional, method of controlling feral mice.

Supervised by Dr David Taggart and David Peacock from PIRSA, Adelaide Uni­versity honours student Kelly Meaney is working to increase the barn owl population to reduce mice numbers.  

Ms Meaney said overseas studies have shown a pair of barn owls can eat more than 3000 mice per year and live at high densities where suitable hollows are available.

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