This large box is for installation on a tree and follows the design recommendsations set out by the Barn Owl Conservation Trust. It has a deep nest chamber with a 45cm inside drop from the entrance to ensure the young don't emerge too early, and a wide platform with a lip to keep them safe. The platform slopes slightly downwards for drainage, and the box is sealed and topped with roofing felt to ensure it stays dry and snug inside. An inspection hatch at the base allows for cleaning.
Dimensions: 73 x 72 x 47 cm.
Trees suitable for barn owl boxes should be mature, with thick trunks, a high canopy and few or no low branches. There should be somewhere secure to position the nest box at least 3m above ground level. The tree should be an isolated individual, within a hedgerow, or on a woodland edge. Barn owls are interested in openings and holes, not boxes and trees so a passing owl should be able to see the entrance easily from a distance, even when the tree is in full leaf.
The tree should overlook open countryside, and there should be rough grassland for hunting within 1km. The birds will tolerate noise and activity if they can hide in a box. However, you should not site a barn owl box within 1 km of a motorway or other fast, unscreened, main roads due to the high risk of road-deaths. Pastoral habitats are best. Avoid urban, suburban, woodland and high mountain areas.
How to install a barn owl box in a tree:
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