Barn owl nest boxes in South Somerset

Barn owl nest boxes in South Somerset

Barn owl nest boxes in South Somerset

First published in News This is The West Country: Photograph of the Author by

NEST boxes are being put up in South Somerset in an effort to increase the number of breeding barn owls.

The Somerset Community Barn Owl Project is installing 60 nest boxes across the county, including in Crewkerne, Cricket St Thomas, Ilminster, Isle Abbotts, Seavington St Michael and Shepton Beauchamp.

The owls have become online stars thanks to a webcam at a nest box in east Somerset.

Tens of thousands of people from as far afield as Honduras, Japan, Fiji, Russia and Brazil have logged on to watch the owls nesting.

Somerset Wildlife Trust’s (SWT) and The Hawk and Owl Trust’s barn owl project is funded by Viridor Credits Environmental Company, SWT spokesman Beth Jerrett said: “Barn owls survive and thrive in areas of rough grassland that can sustain good numbers of field voles and other small mammals for them to feed on.

“We’re asking people to support their recovery by giving to our Love Somerset, Love Meadows appeal to increase the amount of grassland and meadow habitat in the county.”

For more information on the Love Somerset, Love Meadows project and to see the nesting barn owls visit

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree