Guest blogger: David Ramsden MBE, Senior Conservation Officer, Barn Owl Trust. This blog post was written this year in mid-May.

It's not only humans that long for some decent weather! Recent cold winters, cold springs, and wet summers have given barn owls a really hard time.

By June, most of Britain's 4,000 pairs should have beautiful fluffy-white owlets in their nests but so-far 2013 has not been their lucky year.

Two's company - by Helier Mason



Following a 250% increase in March mortality, most survivors are still not in breeding condition. The only good thing about them having a hard time is that they become more active by day – so you are more likely to see one! A more magical sight is hard to imagine... A foraging barn owl is one of the most graceful things you will ever see... a moment to treasure that will stay with you forever. It's hardly surprising that the barn owl was voted Britain's favourite farmland bird.

A barn owl lands for a rest by Russell Savoury


So where can you see one? Find a large area of rough grass that feels really spongy to walk on, arrive an hour before dusk and be patient.

If you are lucky enough to spot one in the wild (alive or dead) please report it at http://www.barnowlsurvey.org.uk/


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  • Comment number 3. Posted by gary

    on 29 May 2013 19:08

    quality, quality, quality. Top presenters. Like top gear with wildlife

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Mags

    on 28 May 2013 19:24

    We had a pair of barn owls in our barn owl box last year and they had 2 owls that fledged. This year a pair returned beginning of March but over the last week no sign of then until last night when one returned very briefly. Haven't seen both for a while is this a bad sign ? We have a web cam in the box this year

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by dan

    on 27 May 2013 19:36

    seen a long eared owl on the sand in easter, aberlady, dan, why not try the stranglers?

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