Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating the return of the popular live “RaptorCams” this month, as they have now been re-occupied by nesting pairs of barn and tawny owls, both of which are already sitting on eggs and being watched live by viewers from all over the globe.
Barn owl couple “Bob and Brenda” have returned to the nest box, and are now sitting on three eggs
First installed in 2010, the live webcam feed has featured breeding pairs of barn owls, kestrels, tawny owls and buzzards. This March the popular barn owl couple “Bob and Brenda” have returned to the nest box, and are now sitting on three eggs, to the delight of their dedicated fans. Not only are the loved-up barn owls doing well, but the live cameras also feature a pair of nesting tawny owls named affectionately as “Twit and Twoo”, who are now also sitting on a precious three eggs.
The tawny owl chicks should hatch any time from next week
Samantha Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “It’s fantastic that both barn and tawny owls are nesting on the reserve again this spring and a real treat that we can follow their progress. The tawny owl chicks should hatch any time from next week, then leave the nest box after a further 30 days, climbing out of the box using their beak and talons! They then wait for food deliveries from Mum and Dad, each day moving further along the branches, until eventually they fledge and fly away at just over 5 weeks old. The barn owls’ first egg should hatch around the 11th or 12th April. They don’t leave the nest until they have all their plumage and are at least 9-10 weeks old and could continue to roost in the box for another 25 weeks, so they should still be there into July.”
The nest boxes that the owls have made home are located at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, and on a quiet evening you could even be lucky enough to see one of these stunning owls soaring over the reserve in search of voles, mice and other small prey to bring back to the nest.
When you’re not at the beautiful Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve, the live “RaptorCams” can be watched online, 24 hours a day, just click here.
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For more information please contact Samantha Dallimore at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 816546.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Tawny Owl - Steve Davis
Barn Owl - Wildstock