Owls are birds with round heads and flat or dished faces, a short hooked bill and forward facing eyes. Most are nocturnal but some may be seen during the day.
Some species are resident but others wander and settling wherever food is plentiful. Residents may rear broods of three or four chicks each year, while wandering owls may rear more young some years and none in others.
Owls and their nest sites are protected by law. The Barn Owl is specially protected under Schedules 1 and 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
You are committing an offence if you:
kill, injure or capture a Barn Owl
destroy or take its eggs
destroy or take its nest
disturb or destroy its breeding place
You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and be fined £5,000 for each offence if you’re found guilty.
Mitigation licences may be granted by Natural England or Natural Resources Wales if you cant avoid disturbing them or damaging their habitat.
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