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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 Barn Owls are back!

Monday 22nd May 2017

Barn Owl by Neil HigginsonBarn Owl by Neil Higginson

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

The first egg hatched in the box, late on Saturday 20th May, but sadly the chick did not survive. These are wild birds and, sometimes, watching nature live can be upsetting. Since then, all five of the remaining chicks have hatched and are in constant care of their parents.

Barn Owls have successfully raised young in the nest every year since we started the live broadcasts - and last year there was even a second brood. We believe a number of different birds have made up the pairs since 2012; conceivably, both of this year's birds may be new breeders in this box.

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



Easter Sunday, 16th April - 1st egg laid
Tuesday 18th April - 2nd egg laid
Thursday 20th April - 3rd egg laid
Saturday 22nd April - 4th egg laid
Monday 24th April - 5th egg laid
Thursday 27th April - 6th egg laid 

  • 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.