Barn owl chicks at Charlecote Park

In recent weeks our owlet have had a lot of love and attention from our online communities. Their photo has been shared on our national and regional accounts and helps to highlight some of the work we do that isn’t seen.


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Here’s more info from our press office..

FIVE BARN OWL chicks were snapped by a National Trust volunteer during a recent survey in the Warwickshire parkland where William Shakespeare was supposedly caught poaching deer.

It is believed that the brood of two female and three male chicks were between 41 and 53 days old when they were checked earlier this autumn by volunteers from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) at Charlecote Park, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

BTO volunteer Roger Juckes, said: “Like most barn owls, these five chicks were very docile. If you cradle them on their backs like a baby, barn owls will lie still quite happily.”


Five Barn owl chicks patiently wait for volunteers to check their age and sex and apply a ring to their lower leg during an autumn survey at the National Trust’s Charlecote Park, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Britain’s barn owl numbers are recovering after decades of decline. Thanks to an abundance of voles in the historic parkland, this year all of Charlecote’s barn owl chicks fledged successfully. Credit: Jana Eastwood/National Trust.

Mr Juckes, a licensed bird ringer, checked each owl chick’s age and sex before applying a lightweight ring around their lower leg. The small metal ring will help scientists carrying out future surveys establish the bird’s age and birthplace.

This has been a good year for barn owls on the Warwickshire estate, National Trust rangers say.

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