Barn owls prefer to nest in buildings, but there often isn’t a space that is appropriate for them. This Interior Barn Owl Nest Box is especially designed to be mounted inside buildings and barns to provide an ideal roost and nest site.
Rather than struggling up a ladder with the weight and awkward shape of a nest box, this design is unique in that each individual panel can be carried up the ladder separately and then slotted into position. This Interior Barn Owl Nest Box is made from precision cut panels which all slot into one another requiring no tools to create a robust and secure box. The box comes with clear instructions and only takes a few minutes to slot it together once the back panel is secured to your wall, joist or beam.
Designing the box in this way removes the usual limitations of size and weight and therefore this next box has a floor space of 50 x 40cm. The generous 46cm depth between the entrance hole and the floor is ideal for stopping young owlets leaving the box before they are ready. On the outside of the box it there is also a large landing ledge for the owlets to exercise on before fledging.
Siting of your Interior Barn Owl Nest Box is important.
The box can be easily mounted in a wide range of locations, on solid walls, horizontal and vertical beams and diagonal beams. The back panel, which is fixed first (then the other panels attached to this), comes pre-drilled with 15 holes making it very adaptable to a wide variety of situations. There are a few things to consider when deciding where to site your barn owl box inside a building:
The construction of the building doesn’t matter too much but it must have a permanently open access route for owls that cannot be accidently closed off, so barn owls can always fly in and out.
To improve the chances of barn owls finding and using your box try to position the box so the entrance hole of the box is visible to any barn owls flying into the building and the entrance to the building is also visible to passing barn owls.
The box should be positioned high up in the chosen building ideally at least 3m above the ground.
It’s best to site the box where there is not too much disturbance, although barn owls will tolerate some noise and activity if they have a nest box to hide in.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The roof of the box slides off to permit cleaning out and access. Barn owl boxes should be cleaned out periodically to stop the build up of nest debris which can effectively reduce the internal height of the box. Maintaining the internal height of the box is important to prevent the young owls from leaving the box before they are ready. If the box is just used by barn owls then cleaning it out every 2-3 years should be sufficient. However, if jackdaws have used the box we recommend cleaning the box out every year as they may have filled most of the box with sticks.
It is illegal to disturb nesting barn owls unless you have a license, so between November and January when no birds are present is the best time to clean out your nest box. It may take a while for barn owls to find and use your box, so please be patient! Even if they are not yet breeding you may find barn owls using the box for roosting.
Please note that Barn Owls are a Schedule 1 species and so an occupied box must only be disturbed or inspected by a licensed individual.
* Width: 630mm
* Depth: 710mm
* Height: 780mm
*Material: FSC Certified Exterior Grade European Birch Plywood
*Construction: Unique slot together modular design
*Finish: No finish applied as designed for use inside a building
*Fixing: 15 holes in back panel
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