Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Raptorcams are back for another year. Bob and Brenda the barn owls have returned to nest at Lorton Meadows nature reserve in Weymouth, and are joined this year by a new couple, Twit and Twoo the tawny owls.
What might I see on camera?
Sam Dallimore, Conservation Officer at Lorton Meadows nature reserve, says: “It's fantastic that people all over Dorset and across the world can watch the barn owls and tawny owls nesting at Lorton Meadows. The camera screens in the Conservation Centre have proved a real hit with everyone who has visited the reserve this spring.”
Bob and Brenda the barn owls have returned once again to their barn nest box after raising a brood of 3 owlets last year to everyone’s enjoyment. They are currently sitting on 5 eggs that are expected to hatch over the next month. There is also a brand new tawny owl camera this year starring Twit and Twoo, who are currently rearing 3 owlets in their tree nest box.
Why are there so many owls nesting at Lorton Meadows?
Sam added “Lorton suits the owls so well because the meadows are a perfect habitat for voles and other small mammals, which results in some very well fed chicks! We can’t wait to see the tawny owlets get older too. Just before they start to fly, they will scrabble out of the nest box and climb about in the tree tops, quite literally finding their feet.”
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve has the cameras streaming live in the Conservation Centre, but you can also watch the cameras here. The cameras can be watched 24/7 no matter where in the world you are. There is also a live comment box for you to talk to others in, as well as asking the Dorset Wildlife Trust any questions about what you see.
For more information on the cameras and the owls, contact Sam Dallimore on 01305 816546 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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