Owls & Raptors
Many of our larger bird species, such as barn owls, tawny owls and kestrels, that usually nest in cavities in trees or undisturbed buildings are finding it more and more difficult to find nesting sites. This is mainly due to our actions, cutting down large trees, woods and forests. In addition, we are now converting or destroying our once dormant and forgotten buildings.
With around half the population of UK barn owls now nesting in man-made boxes. It is clear that a properly sited and well-designed nest box can help. All species of large bird require a clear flight path and good visibility from the box. Position boxes facing away from prevailing winds, ideally facing south-east. Nest boxes can lay dormant for several years. Install boxes before winter to maximise their chance of use.
Birds of prey are a popular part of our natural and cultural heritage and a vital part of the UK’s biodiversity. The continued conservation and recovery of birds of prey is supported by Wildlife World. The Owl and Kestrel boxes we design and build help this cause.