|2020 Season. It has not yet been decided whether the Barn Owls will be live this year.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
|2019 Season was the third year that South Downs National Park Authority had live coverage from one of the 250 Barn Owl boxes in the South Downs National Park area. The featured box site hosted a very successful breeding pair for 12 years, although probably not the same pair as they only live up to about 5 years in the wild.
In 2018 5 eggs were laid as follows: 1st on 23rd April, 2nd on 26th April, 3rd on 28th April, 4th on 1st May, 5th on 3rd May. Hatching started 25th May.
|Barn Owls are very distinctive birds. Conveniently, they feed at dawn and dusk, as well as at night, providing great opportunities for some magic bird watching moments as they quarter fields and rough grass in search of rodents. Although the classic description would be ‘ochre brown above and white below’, there is quite a bit of variation in plumage, with some birds being almost white. Barn Owls are a Schedule 1 species and it is illegal to look in nest boxes without a special licence.
SDNPA - Barn Owl Boxes
New Homes for Barn Owls
Barn Owl Trust - Facts
BTO - Barn Owl
Arkive - Barn Owl
Barn Owl Trust - Barn Owl (an introduction)
BBC - Earth Unplugged - Barn Owl Attack
Simon King - Getting Close To A Barn Owl
Feature Length Documentaries:
Wildlife on One - 1977 BBC/David Cobham
Five Owl Farm narrated by Robert Hardy