Barn Owl Nest Boxes
Welcome to the Barn Owl Centre's nest box page.
Below you will find more information (simply click on the headings) about nest box positioning, habitat & more.
Here's a bit of extra advice when searching for an Owl Box on the internet. Please try not to get too confused with the vast amount of box designs & the location of the entrance hole.
The entrance hole on most of our Owl Boxs are purposely set at an height that is safe to Owlets, it's very beneficial as it allows the Owlets to gain visual education on their environment. We feel it's important that owlets do see the outside world & it's dangers as they grow up whilst they naturally stay in the safety of their nest. Being hidden from the environment, it's beauty & its dangers can be more harmful when that first flight is taken!
Also a low entrance provides huge visual benefits when monitoring the nest box at a safe distance, a nest box you have kindly provided to suppport Owls. If still confused, call us & speak to our conservation team.
Nest box & habitat information
For Barn Owls & Kestrels, position the box close to or within areas of rough grassland, this type of habitat contains the Barn Owls & Kestrels main prey source, which is Short tailed Voles, Field Mice & Shrews. For Tawny Owls & Little Owls, locate the box close to or within habitats above or in areas of mixed farmland with mature trees. If you have wooded habitat areas, this can be a preferred habitat location for the woodland Tawny Owl.
The best height to position the nest box is between 10ft to 16ft, make sure that the box is positioned securely & out of reach of people & out of reach of grazing animals.
With the porch fixed around the entrance hole, this allows the entrance of the nest box to be faced in any direction as it offers more protection from the weather. A nest box without an entrance porch simply allows driving rain & wind to enter.
The nest box & entrance hole should be made visible at a distance; this will enable the Owls to locate it. Please take into account any leaf foliage as this could grow over & obscure the entrance hole, do not hide the box from the Owl it is intended for. If an Owl was looking for a natural tree hollow, the hollow could be facing any direction & yet visible to an Owl, your nest box simply acts as a man made tree hollow so make its presence & entrance visible for the birds to get the best results.
Here's a bit of advice when searching for an Owl Box on the internet. Please try not to get too confused with the vast amount of box designs & the location of the entrance hole.The entrance hole on this box is purposely set at an height that is safe to Owlets, it's very beneficial as it allows the Owlets to gain visual education on their environment. We feel it's important that owlets do see the outside world & it's dangers as they grow up whilst they naturally stay in the safety of their nest.
Also this provides visual benefits when monitoring the nest box. If still confused, call us & speak to our conservation team.
To protect your own Nest Box project, please take into account the main dangers such as busy (A & B) roads & also live railway lines, fast traffic will kill Owls so please look at positioning a nest box well away from these dangerous areas. Also be aware of domestic pets if you are planning to position a Barn Owl nest box within a residential garden please call for advice before purchasing an Owl box.
UK Delivery Info - England, Scotland, Ireland and the outer Isles or Pick Up
We can delivery Nest Boxes to all areas of the UK or Nest Boxes can be picked up from the Centre as an option to save on the delivery charge, to arrange pick up you will need to call us first on 01452 383999.
England and Wales is a standard delivery cost, for all deliveries to Scotland and outer islands of mainland UK, please call us before placing an order as the courier cost for delivery will vary.
PLEASE NOTE : Please supply your contact telephone number when you place your order, this can be very useful if the courier becomes lost or if for some reason they have a problem finding the delivery address you have given.
Our courier can call you for directions if we struggle to find you; some properties are sometimes harder to find than others especially if they are in remote areas of the countryside. Our aim is to get the nest box to you.
If you need to contact us for any reason, this you can do at any time, including evenings, please note that we do operate a 24hr Rescue Centre too. For office hours, the best time to call is between 9am until 9pm, evenings are better though.
Please try not to send emails because we are very slow to respond due to other work commitments. A telephone call is much better because we can advise you better. Telephone: 01452 383999
'NEW & EXCLUSIVE'
The Barn Owl Manor
Designed & built by the Barn Owl Centre, an Owl Conservation Charity.
With positive results gained from a selection of project sites, we strongly feel that we have built a very special Barn Owl Box that can offer more to wild Barn Owls.
Nest Box & Habitat Information
Positioned within the open habitat areas of our British Countryside, this will be a huge asset to Barn Owls & the landowner who supports them.
The Barn Owl Manor with its robust design will help compliment the corner of any arable field, field margin or grassland area. With no tree or building required, this means that the Owl Manor can be positioned within prime locations where Barn Owls are seen hunting.
During the breeding season, this spacious accommodation will give Barn Owls a large internal space to move around in, for young Barn Owls, this means they can happily spread their wings & exercise within the confinements of a spacious dwelling, a huge benefit to young Owlets during their development stages.
Its robust design means the Barn Owl Manor can easily cope with all weather conditions including force 9 gales.
Designed to deter nesting Jackdaws & other wildlife that tend to compete with smaller Owl boxes.
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