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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.

Blue House Farm Barn Owls

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Barn Owl by Neil HigginsonBarn Owl by Neil Higginson

December 2017: Please note that live pictures will not be available for a few weeks from c. mid-December, while we carry out checks and maintenance on the camera and other equipment.

In summer 2017, for the sixth year in a row, we brought live video from a Barn Owl nest, at our Blue House Farm nature reserve. Once again a pair bred and three chicks successfully fledged the nest, in early August.

Barn Owls have successfully raised young in the nest every year since we started the live broadcast. Last year there was even a second brood. 

Blue House Farm, on the 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.

Over the 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 family fortunes of breeding Barn Owls.

Keep up-to-date with all the Barn Owl news by visiting our Facebook page



  • 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
  • Occasionally, the camera freezes and needs to be restarted by staff at Blue House Farm. While this is normally quickly resolved, please note that staff and volunteers are also busy managing the farm and nature reserve. 
  • Thanks to Neil Higginson for the fantastic image of a Barn Owl in flight, taken in 2015 at Blue House Farm.
  • Thanks to Outersight and Wildlife Gadgetman for their technical expertise.

If you are having problems viewing our Barn Owl webcam try downloading the latest version of Adobe Flash: Click on download and follow the on screen instructions.