The Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project

The Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project was established by Essex Wildlife Trust in 2013 with the aim of reversing the dramatic decline of wild Barn Owl populations recorded across Britain.


The project is managed almost entirely by volunteers who work to engage landowners in conservation by assessing site suitability for wild Barn Owls, providing habitat management advice, installing nest boxes and monitoring wild Barn Owl populations across Essex.

Those interested in supporting the Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project may do so by hosting a nest box (subject to site assessment, please be aware that there is a cost associated with nest box building and installation), sponsoring a nest box, volunteering for Essex Wildlife Trust or through spreading awareness of the project to others.

Further information on this important project and how to get involved contact Emma Ormond, Living Landscapes Coordinator: email or telephone 01621 862954.

Barn Owl Cam - update

Monday 12th May 2014

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Our live Barn Owl webcam is currently turned off, as no owls are using the nestbox at our Blue House Farm nature reserve, on the Crouch Estuary.

2015: Watch our Barn Owls live here

In the summer, our pair, Strachan and Hughes-Games, successfully raised five chicks. It was the third year in a row that viewers have been able to watch Barn Owl chicks successfully raised in this nestbox.

We plan to bring you the Barn Owl Webcam again in 2015, from the spring. In the meantime, keep an eye on the EWT Facebook page, in case there are updates about the nestbox - earlier this year, for instance, two owls starting to roost in the box, from February.