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Our barn owl nest box is the perfect space for barn owls to roost and nest.This nest box features a cleaning hatch, a large landing shelf and a fledgling exercise area. It has a flat roof to provide further room for the young owls to exercise their wings.With the sides of the nextbox made from waterproof recycled plastic, this FSC ® certified wooden box is designed to withstand all weather conditions.As owls are a protected species, there are some things to look out for. Please read the information in the advice section before purchasing this nest box.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a bird of prey nest box. Please read our advice carefully before purchasing. The nest box is supplied flat packed but is simple to assemble and comes with full instructions. *Please bear in mind that barn owls are a Schedule 1 protected species and can only be inspected during the breeding season by someone with a licence.
Outside the breeding season the boxes can be checked for maintenance and cleaning.
Owners must choose a suitable site (please see the following section) and then plan how to install the box safely. Given the varying locations and methods for installation, the RSPB does not provide detailed instructions for installing the box. Some general principles to consider for each location include:
Barn owls are not woodland birds but are typically birds of open farmland. Natural sites used by barn owls are typically tree hollows and farm buildings which are close to unmanaged grassland areas in fields and ditches. These habitats are home to the barn owl’s primary food source, field voles plus other small mammals such as bank voles, wood mice and rats.This nesting box is a universal design for offering inside farm buildings or on trees. If fixing to a pole ensure that extra perches are added to give extra space for emerging fledglings.
Barn owls are usually active at dusk through to dawn, and they will often remain out of sight during the day if they start using a nest box.
Barn owls in the UK have special protection and are classified as a Schedule 1 bird under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It therefore necessary to follow strict guidelines when considering any maintenance or inspection of your barn owl nest box:
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