Somerset's wildlife and wild places are among the biggest reasons tourists flock to our beautiful county. But many people don't realise that Somerset's appeal isn't limited to people - the huge diversity of species in our living landscapes are boosted by wildlife visitors from other parts of the UK, Europe and further afield.
As well as being home to 'staycationer' species who enjoy life in our county all year round, our nature reserves are international destinations for 'jetsetters' who stop over en route on long haul flights, or 'honeymooning couples', like the barn owl couple in our live web cam nest box, who stay for a breeding season.
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What we know so far about this pair
The current male owl arrived in the box in July. It had been empty for a short time after the six chicks fledged. As far as we know the chicks are doing well but they can disperse a long distance with chicks that had previously been ringed in Somerset found as far a field as the M25 and Humberside. If a breeding pair is in a good territory, with lots of food, (like this one) they are likely to produce a second brood. This didn’t happen which leads us to think that Brenda disappeared (and the current female is a different owl.) The current male could be Boris but because of moulting it’s very difficult to ID an owl by its feather patterns so we can’t be sure.