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.
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.
If you are having problems viewing our Barn Owl webcam try downloading the latest version of Adobe Flash: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Click on download and follow the on screen instructions.
Barn Owl conservation project
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.