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Barn owl in flight

Barn Owl Surveys

Barn owl surveys are essential for development projects that may impact the species and their habitats. Our team of experts can provide comprehensive surveys and reports to ensure compliance with regulations and minimise negative impacts.

Barn Owl Perched on Hay


Why are barn owls surveyed?

Barn Owls are listed on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), making it an offence to disturb this species while breeding. Breeding takes place in trees, nestboxes, and buildings, making this widespread species a frequent occurrence on proposed and in-progress developments. Barn conversions provide prime examples of this.


When do I need to have a barn owl survey?

A barn owl survey should be undertaken by a licensed surveyor, enabling them to legally disturb breeding barn owls for the purpose of assessing potential development impacts. This survey can be applied to both large and small scale developments, usually those containing veteran trees, barn owl boxes or agricultural buildings in a rural setting. 

If breeding or roosting barn owls are present, mitigation is usually straightforward through the use of compensatory nest boxes or integrated roosting and breeding areas within new or renovated buildings.

Barn Owl perched on log
Barn owl box


What does Abrehart Ecology offer?

At Abrehart Ecology we offer professional, skilled, and efficient barn owl survey work. We undertake in-house fieldwork and expert report writing, with our licenced employees. 

We also offer more bespoke solutions such as barn owl box construction.

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