Barn owl baby boom at Cambridgeshire trust

Three barn owl nests recorded at the Countryside Restoration Trust’s Lark Rise Farm, at Barton, Cambridgeshire
Three barn owl nests recorded at the Countryside Restoration Trust’s Lark Rise Farm, at Barton, Cambridgeshire Photo:

All over the country come reports of 2013 being a disastrous year for Barn Owls – but at the Countryside Restoration Trust’s Lark Rise Farm, at Barton, Cambridgeshire three nests – so far successful - have created a record.

“After the dreadful winter and spring – I was expecting the worst. I thought the owls would be in poor shape and their food supply – the voles and mice they need – would be in short supply. But three nests! I am absolutely delighted. It is our own barn owl baby boom, and with disasters elsewhere we need it”.

– Robin Page, Chairman

“I was nervous – would we get the barn owls back this spring for the 13th consecutive year? They are here and breeding, it is terrific news. I try to create a mosaic of crops for them giving a variety of habitats – and with restored hay meadows as well, our approach to farming with wildlife, which bucks the national trend, seems to be working”

– Tim Scott, Tenant farmer