3rd May 2012: The latest addition to a CEMEX Quarry in Wales is a pair of Little Owls. Unlike other owls this species doesn’t hoot but squeaks and tends to hunt at dawn and dusk rather than at night. Little Owls are not native to this country but were introduced by Thomas Powys in the 19th century.
They like prey-rich rough grassland where they can hunt insects, amphibians, small mammals such as voles, rats, mice and shrews.
They often return to the same nesting location, often in cavities. Last year Little Owls were found on nine CEMEX sites. Sam Tarrant CEMEX UK Biodiversity Advisor “'It’s great to see these small birds of prey on CEMEX sites. It shows how quarrying can have positive benefits for nature.”
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