Six barn owl chicks have hatched on Dorset Council farms
SIX owl chicks have been found in barn owl boxes on farms.
11 barn owl boxes have been installed in trees and barns on Dorset Council farms over the last two years and now 25 per cent of Dorset Council farms have an owl box. When the boxes were checked last month, six chicks were found in four boxes.
Barn owls have additional protection against disturbance while nesting. It is an offence to disturb a barn owl while it is building a nest or is in, on or near a nest containing eggs or young. It is also an offence to disturb a barn owl's dependent young.
The Dorset Council barn owl boxes were checked and ringed by volunteers under a British Trust for Ornithology ringing and disturbance license. The information gathered from putting these specially designed rings on birds' legs means the council can understand more about them including their survival and the condition of the birds
Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe volunteers have made trough floats which have been installed on the farms to prevent owls from drowning when they use the troughs to