Building & placing barn owl boxes
We noticed Barn owls were occasionally breeding at Cossington Meadows nature reserve and on an adjoining property in the early 2000s. To attract the owls to remain on-site and to continue to breed, we began building and placing barn owl boxes in suitable trees.
While there is no exact science to positioning and building a barn owl box, they do need to be high enough to avoid unwanted attention from humans and low enough to be safely accessed by a ladder.
Most owl boxes that are bought online usually do not come with any waterproof shielding. So when we acquired our owl boxes we added waterproof felt for protective covering to increase the boxes' longevity.
Before we positioned our boxes, we made sure that any modifications were stable and complete to ensure we did not have to keep going back to repair the box and disturb any possible house guests!
Finding suitable places for the boxes was a challenge; Cossington Meadows does not yet have a suitable supply of mature trees as most of the land was quarried during the '80s and '90s and there are no buildings to attach the boxes to. The boxes also needed to be situated far away from human disturbances, especially public footpaths, of which Cossington Meadows has many!
After successfully locating our trees, and building a few stands, we positioned our boxes.