Barn Conversions & Site Developments
Development Sites & Barn Owls: Please go to the law section on Wild Barn Owls:
If a breeding pair of Barn Owls are resident they cannot be disturb until after the breeding season, this can be up to late November. If you are planning to utilise a building where there are Barn Owls, please think about their welfare & think nest boxes for Owls, these create important places to roost & nest.
Renovating Buildings: If you are intending to restore or to renovate an isolated building within the countryside & you think that Barn Owls are present, please think about the above & the laws that protect Barn Owls during their breeding season.
Protective Measures: During the delayed building work & breeding season think about positioning nest boxes within a close proximity to the site, if you need advice please call us on 01452 383999.
Think Owl Window: An Owl window is an opening that is formed in the wall to allow the Owls access into the building, this can be located in the top end of a gable wall leading to an attic space of a building. These small openings were commonly incorporated many years ago into old farm buildings to simply allow the Barn Owl in to control rodents. Once an Owl window has been created, simply position a decent size Owl Box on the inside of the hole, this helps to provide the Owls with their own personal attic space, this is a great way of sharing the building. If you need further guidance please read the next section or give us a call.
Incorporating an Owl Window: When building work starts to commence think about incorporating in your plans an Owl Window into the gable end of the building, this can to be positioned within the top part of the wall, which faces away from the prevailing wind. The opening size of the Owl Window should be approximately 6 inches wide by 8 inches in height.
To protect the inside of the building from any mess created by the Owls you can position on the inside edge of the wall a nest box. The size of a nest box should be approximately 2ft square, it is always a good thing to have on the nest box an inspection hatch. This can be incorporated on the back end of the box facing the inside attic space. This simple allows the box to be inspected by a licenced person during the breeding season or to be cleaned out during the winter months.
Isolated & Derelict Buildings: Nest boxes can be positioned within the building with added nest boxes positioned within trees in close proximity to the site, this creates the additional choice of sites for Barn Owls if and when needed.