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The UK Made Tawny Owl Box Nest Box is a purpose-built nesting box for the familiar ‘too-whit too-whoo’ owl of woodlands. The box is handmade and is an effective way of offering a nesting cavity to tawny owls. These Nest Boxes will be particularly valuable to Tawny Owls in places where there may not be natural hollows – such as in large gardens with healthy trees, secondary woodland and coniferous plantations.
Tawnies are territorial birds, and only one pair will occupy a woodland territory and nest site. This box design is readily taken up by nesting owls, particularly if they are looking for new nest sites and may be used every year.
The Nest Box is made from slow-seasoned timber sourced in the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) plantations & recycled agricultural plastic. The natural pale wood ensures that the nest box will blend in seamlessly with any garden.
The Nest Box is fitted with a camera clip allowing you the opportunity to observe nesting Tawny Owls. A suitable camera enables enjoyable monitoring of this protected species without disturbing them.
Tawny owls are early breeding birds, and some individuals may lay eggs as early as January. You may inspect the box in May, but care should be taken opening the inspection hatch as tawny owls can be aggressive if young are present or nearby.
The Tawny Owl Nest Box is a proven design, made from strong, durable materials and construction.
It also consists of a recycled plastic upper and lower hanging / fixing plates. The Nest Box is fitted with an integral perch and a large inspection door complete with a bolt.
The Tawny Owl box should be sited high on a mature tree between 3.5 and 5 metres with a clear flight path to the entrance. When the fledglings emerge, they use nearby branches to access higher areas of the tree canopy. Hence mounting the tawny owl box on an isolated pole is unsuitable.
The box should ideally face east/northeast or southeast. The availability of prey species close to the nesting box is vital. Tawny Owls eat a wide variety of prey, including mice, voles, rats, insects, invertebrates, amphibians and birds. The proximity of fruiting or nut-bearing trees and shrubs that support these target species would indicate a suitable nesting site.
The dimensions of the box are: 770 x 220 x 400 mm.
The box weighs 6.6kg.