Somerset Wildlife Trust

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335 nest boxes in 335 parishes

The Trust’s 50th Anniversary year sees the conclusion of our biggest ever community conservation project with every parish in the county supporting the recovery of barn owls in Somerset. Each and every of the county’s 335 parishes is now hosting a barn owl nest box alongside the rough grassland hunting habitat needed to support breeding owls and their owlets. Following the ups and downs of the last three years, the support of local people in creating a place for barn owls within our communities has never been more important. Thank you for supporting the Somerset Community Barn Owl project and we've put together some of the milestones in the interactive timeline here.

Barn owl web cam

We are really sorry to say that we are currently unable to provide a Live Barn Owl Camera feed, and it is unlikely that we will be able to do so in time for this year’s breeding season.

Over the last two years, Brenda and Boris, the pair of Barn Owls we have been filming, have allowed us to get a special insight into their lives and  witness the highs, lows and magic moments of raising, in total, nine owlets successfully in this period. We hope they will continue to breed successfully, but technical issues at this particular site mean we are now looking to install a camera at a new and secure location, situated within an optimum habitat for Barn Owls, which will also be able to support a robust and reliable feed from the nest box. As those of you with either with Barn Owls boxes of your own, or who have one in your community will know, you can never guarantee that a box will become home to a breeding pair. We are currently exploring possible sites with landowners and are also looking to introduce live feeds for other species in the future. We hope to update you regularly as to our progress.

Our Community Barn Owl project has been a huge success story across Somerset, and our live feed has introduced many people from well beyond the county to these very special birds. We are hugely grateful for everyone’s support and interest to date and ongoing commitment to ensuring that the protection of this iconic species continues.

If you would like to help us support our work for wildlife in Somerset we would be grateful if you would consider making a donation. Donations made to Somerset Wildlife Trust means that we have the funds to continue our specialist projects for Barn Owls and other protected and iconic species and protect the fragile habitats in which they find homes. Any donation, large or small, really does makes a difference. You can donate on our website here.

Learning about wildlife

We're delighted that thousands of school children have benefitted from our project. Many have had the opportunity to meet Beau the barn owl and have learnt all about barn owls and conservation. Find out more about our school visits.

Send us your sightings

Please send in your sightings of barn owls and help us to monitor the numbers of barn owls in Somerset. Find out more about recording your sightings here.

Play Quest for the Nest

We're also really pleased to have worked with students at Somerset College to develop an online game for the project. The students have produced an educational and fun game called 'Quest for a Nest.'

Your questions answered

The project has received brilliant support from local communities and we've received all sort of questions from people wanting to help. We're working with the Hawk and Owl Trust and Conservation Officer Chris Sperring, MBE, has put together this Q & A.

Animated owl

An animated guide to barn owls animated and narrated by Davey Owen a student at Somerset College in Taunton. Watch the animation here.

barn owl credit Darin Smithsml

Beau on webcam

Beau Visits Chewton Mendip school

Barn owl by andew mason cropsml