Barn Owls

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As fairly rare and easily disturbed birds, Barn Owls are afforded the highest degree of legal protection under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If you “intentionally or recklessly” disturb a Barn Owl (or any other bird listed in Schedule 1) whilst trying to photograph it “in, on, at or near” the nest or whilst it has dependent young, and without the necessary Licence from Natural England, you may be committing a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
See 'Schedule 1 Licensing' page for more details.

I have been lucky enough to have Barn Owls nesting quite near to my home for the last few years and to have been granted full access to the nest site by the landowners.

Using several on-site and portable hides and under the appropriate licences from Natural England and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), I have been able to photograph and monitor these birds at very close range and it has been absolutely fascinating to be able to observe their breeding activities and behaviour in this way.
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