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
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.
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 (see image).We also offer more bespoke solutions such as barn owl box construction (see image).