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Blue House Farm nature reserve

This 600 acre farm is situated on the north bank of the River Crouch. It has been managed by Essex Wildlife Trust since 1998.

 

The Flat Fields have been grassland for the last 100 years and are used as a feeding ground for Brent Geese. Around 2,000 geese come to the area during the winter. Around 2,000 geese come to the area during the winter.

Our live Barn Owl webcam is back

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Barn Owl by 2020Vision

Our live Barn Owl webcam, from a nest box on our Blue House Farm nature reserve, is back, for the seventh year in a row.

Excitingly, over the winter we have installed a new camera in the box, so that we can bring you better pictures than ever before of Barn Owl family fortunes.

We have great news from the nest, too: a pair of Barn Owls have been together in the box for a good few weeks and we are hopeful that, very soon, eggs will be laid. Eggs tend to hatch about a month after they are laid.

Barn Owls have successfully raised young in the nest every summer since we started the live broadcast, in 2012. Last year three chicks fledged; the year before, we even had two broods! 

Blue House Farm, on the north bank of the River Crouch Estuary, in North Fambridge, is perfect for the owls, with a good supply of voles and other prey in the fields of the coastal grazing marsh, sections of which we manage to help the owls to hunt successfully. Most years, two or three pairs of Barn Owls nest on the reserve, with our camera nest, in a barn close to the reserve entrance, a favoured breeding site for many years.

A loyal 'Barny Army' of online followers has grown, with the nest watched avidly by people from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand, as well as here in the UK, all fascinated by the amazing insight into the world of breeding Barn Owls.

Thank you to everyone for their interest in and support of these magical birds.

 

This is live, unedited footage of Barn Owls; at times, it is possible that there may be disturbing images of the natural world. These are wild birds; we are not allowed to interfere with breeding Barn Owls or their nest.


Please note, due to the remoteness of Blue House Farm, the camera connection can be cut off occasionally but we are aware of the issues and work to get them fixed as quickly as possible. In some cases, refreshing the page can work.

Updates

Keep up-to-date with all the Barn Owl news by following our pinned facebook post

23/04: A pair of Barn Owls have been together in the box for a good few weeks and we are hopeful that, very soon, eggs will be laid.

25/04: First egg laid

28/04: Second egg laid

30/04: Third egg laid

02/05: Fourth egg laid

05/05: Fifth egg laid

08/05: Sixth egg laid

10/05: Seventh egg laid

26/05: The first egg has hatched

30/05: A second chick has been spotted

01/06: A third chick has hatched

06/06: A fourth chick has hatched


With thanks to 'Wildlife Gadgetman', Outersight and Shadowfax for their technical expertise.

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