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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.

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