George Ezra: ShotguniTunes

Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

Barn owl chick hatches live on webcam

Male barn owl with chick and eggs © DWT

7:05am 16th May 2018

If you've been watching Dorset Wildlife Trust's Barn owl webcam - you'll know there's been a new arrival at Lorton Meadow Nature Reserve in Weymouth.

The first of 7 barn owl eggs has now hatched.

The barn owls live in a specially designed box with a web camera.

Last year, the barn owls which took up residence in the box saw 5 chicks successfully fledge.  This was the most amount we have seen since the box was installed in 2010.  

DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said, "It's really wonderful to be able to share the lives of these barn owls with such a huge audience of people.  We're looking forward to seeing the barn owls raise their chicks and hoping to beat our record from last year and see all 7 chicks fledge.  Their parents have a lot of work ahead of them though - owlets have huge appetites and can eat their own weight of food in a single night.  Luckily the nature reserve at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth has good natural hunting habitat and feeding opportunities to hopefully sustain them."

Watch the Barn Owls live on webcam now.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Wessex FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox

dorset business directory

Book A Wessex FM Big Night Out Here

Book A Wessex FM Big Night Out Here

Wessex fm Disco, Quiz & Race Nights!

New Car Stickers

New Car Stickers

Grab your new localised stickers today!

Dorset Webcams

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county



Find out how to grow your business with us

island community action

Trending in Dorset

Vandals strike at a Weymouth beauty salon

Windows smashed and graffiti sprayed on the front door.

Man jailed after attempted street robbery in Weymouth

Two men were threatened during the incident in September.

Tank involved in serious crash near Wareham

It happened along the A352 and also involves a motorcyclist.

Police chase in Weymouth

One man's been detained.

Community rally round family of seriously ill Weymouth man

23-year-old Joshua Bailey is on life support after a virus has left him with liver and heart failure.

More news...