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Barn owl boxes

The barn owl is the classic 'white owl' of the countryside. It hunts small mammals, especially voles, over rough grassland.

It uses quiet barns and cavities in trees for nesting and roosting where its presence is often given away by pellets and droppings.

Since barn owls are sensitive to disturbance, it's best to place boxes in quiet locations. You can provide a box inside barns, or on trees or the outside of buildings.

Exterior barn owl boxes

You could also try situating a nestbox outside to encourage barn owls. Exterior barn owl nestboxes can be fixed to trees, or to the outside of buildings. More...

Exterior barn owl boxes

Interior barn owl boxes

An interior barn owl box can be made out of a tea chest or a packing case, or purpose built to our illustrated design. Interior boxes can be fixed on beams, or on walls with brackets. More...

Interior barn owl boxes

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