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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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About the Barn Owl

Distribution in the UK


Our Survey Website provides a Live UK Barn Owl Distribution Map using reports received from the public since May 2013. Please report all Barn Owl sightings (dead or alive), roosts, and nests here.

BTO Atlas 2008-11


The breeding season distribution of Barn Owls in Britain and Ireland as shown in the BTO Bird Atlas 2007-2011. Population Estimates and Reasons for Change


Devon and Cornwall The most detailed large-scale Barn Owl surveys carried out in the UK were the Devon Barn Owl Survey (1993, 2003, and 2013) and Cornwall Barn Owl Survey (1994, 2004). Together these give a very good impression of distribution on the southwest peninsula. Although rare, the species is well distributed but generally absent from upland areas and major road corridors. The 2003-04 population estimate for the two counties combined was 620 to 830 pairs (approx. 15-20% of the UK population at the time). A 2013 distribution map for Devon will be available from summer 2014.

Devon & Cornwall combined distribution map


Barn Owl distribution in Devon and Cornwall as recorded during the 2003 Devon Barn Owl Survey and 2004 Cornwall Barn Owl Survey. Showing county boundaries, the 300 metre contour, motorway (blue) and dual carriageway (red).

The Barn Owl Trust is dedicated to conservation & education and does not operate a visitor centre.
Barn Owl Trust staff and volunteers
Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7HU
+44 (0) 1364 653026