Somerset Wildlife Trust will now be live-streaming video directly from a barn owl box in the Blackdown Hills, where barn owl couple, Finn and Orla have set up home for the second year.
The barn owl couple successfully fledged three chicks last year, and the Trust is keeping its fingers crossed that the pair will be parents again – this time the experience being shared and enjoyed by people that can now tune in on the Trust’s website.
The live-stream is the Trust’s first since 2014, when their barn owl couple, Boris and Brenda, became instant internet sensations, attracting over a million and a half visits from people all over the world who tuned in to see seven eggs hatch – an unusually large brood.
The live-stream, funded by the Heritage Emergency Fund and installed by Wildlife Windows, will provide high quality video and sound from the new box, providing viewers with clear and unique view of barn owl family life inside the box for the next six months.
Kirby Everett, Head of Communications has told Tone News:
Barn owls, like much of Britain’s wildlife, is declining and if we want to still see these beautiful creatures in the future, we need to restore and connect the habitats they and nature needs, and ensure we act in a nature-friendly way in our lives.
Only then are we going to make a dent in the environmental challenges ahead.
The live-feed is available at the Somerset Wildlife Trust website.