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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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Barn Owls and the law


For information about Barn Owls and the Law please select one of the following:

Legal protection of wild Barn Owls - Their basic protection and its limitations

Protection against disturbance - The extent and meaning of the species' inclusion on Schedule One of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Licences to disturb nesting Barn Owls - When a licence is needed and how to apply for one

Wild owl capture, care and rehabilitation - The legal aspects of taking an owl from the wild and your Duty of Care

Keeping and release of Barn Owls - Relating mainly to captive-bred specimens

Possession of eggs, feathers, or carcasses - Your legal position is outlined (taxidermy included)

Nest cameras, lighting & photography - For anyone who intends to photograph at or near a nest or install a CCTV or web camera

Barn Owl Conservation Handbook - Buy the definitive guide to all aspects of Barn Owl conservation (includes further information on the law, regulation and policy)

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