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Rare chance to see threatened barn owls on webcam

PUBLISHED: 09:48 09 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:09 09 June 2014

Barn Owl © Stewart Canham

Barn Owl © Stewart Canham

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Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is celebrating the return of the much loved barn owl webcam, where viewers from all over the country and abroad have been following ‘Bob and Brenda’ as they rear their young in front of a live webcam, which is streamed 24 hours a day.

Barn owl webcam screenshot © Jane AdamsBarn owl webcam screenshot © Jane Adams

2013 saw the worst breeding season for the barn owl for more than 30 years. Once a common sight in our countryside, the barn owl has suffered from unusual weather patterns over the last four years, and there may now be fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs in England.

The webcam was first installed in 2010 by ‘Wildlife Windows’, and has since provided hours of entertainment into homes across the UK and the world from breeding pairs of barn owls, kestrels and tawny owls. This year, two barn owls have returned to the nest box and so far we have seen four chicks hatch, with another egg expected to hatch any day now.

For a chance to see the wonderful barn owls in flight, the nest box is located on DWT’s Lorton Meadows nature reserve in Weymouth. DWT Community Conservation Officer, Sam Dallimore said: “We are delighted to be once again following the progress of the Barn Owls as they look after their young. On a quiet evening, it is possible to see the barn owls soaring over the reserve in search of food such as voles, mice and other small prey to feed their chicks. There will be plenty of time to catch all the action on the webcam, as the chicks won’t leave the nest until they have all their plumage and are at least 8 weeks old. The nest box is occupied for about 10 months of the year, as after the chicks have left, the male returns throughout the winter to roost, which will be shown live on-screen in the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre.”

The webcam has had a fantastic response on DWT’s Twitter and Facebook pages, where followers nationally and internationally have been posting photos and discussing this fascinating wildlife spectacle. Jane Doggett from New Hampshire, USA posted onto Facebook: “My 10 year old granddaughter found your live webcam on the barn owl last night. She is researching the barn owl for a school project, so we were so excited to be inside the box with the mother, the father, one baby and four more eggs. We live in sunny Rumney, New Hampshire and we are live with the owls. Sooo exciting!”

To stay up to date with the latest action from the barn owl nest box, you can ‘like’ our Bob and Brenda barn owl page on facebook at:

To view the barn owl webcam and a live feed of the tern island on Brownsea Island Lagoon, also managed by Wildlife Windows, visit The tern island webcam is a collaboration between DWT, The Birds of Poole Harbour and the National Trust.

For more information about Wildlife Windows, visit

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