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Monday, 2 March 2009

Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.

Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.
Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.


At Mark and Olivia Cooper-Portland's property we have created a wildflower meadow, with a desire to provide a habitat for all manner of wildflowers, animals and birds. Mark is a very keen birdwatcher and one of the species we were very keen to attract was the Barn Owl. So with this in mind we recently purchased a number of Barn Owl boxes which we have recently erected in and around the meadow.


Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.
Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.




It is important that the boxes are put up in trees  or especially barns and out buildings with a clear line of flight or outlook not  obscured by branches etc. Barn Owls tend to look for holes not boxes so making sure the hole is visible is worth remembering. Our boxes in two different styles look directly out onto the meadow.



Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.
Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.


The Barn Owls main prey is the field vole and the best habitat for them ( and therefore barn owls) is rough tussocky grass with a deep litter layer.





Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.




We have left several strips around the field margins for this purpose and it seems to be working well as we have already seen barn owls hunting these areas

Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.


        Wildflower meadow: Barn Owl nesting boxes, sites & habitat.
The above owl boxes are available from the Amazon links below.
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