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Barn Owls and their chick © Catherine Bolado

Published at 7:07pm 16th April 2019. (Updated at 9:38am 17th April 2019)

A barn owl chick hatching at a nature reserve in Weymouth has been captured live on a web cam. 

Dorset Wildlife Trust has welcomed a new pair of barn owls to its nesting box at the Lorton Meadows.

The first of two eggs hatched at the weekend, and the moment was captured on the webcam, which is streaming live from the DWT website. 

Viewers of the webcam were delighted to see the chick hatch on Saturday.  

DWT Communications Officer Sally Welbourn said; "We are so delighted to welcome a new barn owl family to the Lorton Meadows nest box. After the tragedy of losing the female last year, we are hoping for a successful year for this new couple."

"Barn owls are in decline nationally, which is in part caused by low food availability, due to loss of habitat. Luckily, they have access to the habitat-rich nature reserve at Lorton Meadows which has 75 hectares of hay meadows, mature hedgerows and woodland - all holding the small mammals that barn owls hunt, such as mice, voles and shrews."  


PFM Associates are delighted to be sponsoring the webcam this year, allowing DWT to stream the lives of the barn owls live on the DWT website.  They said; "We advise on all areas of financial planning from life assurance, helping to arrange a mortgage, saving for a 'nest egg', to retirement planning and specialist investment advice.  We are 'eggs-tremely' 'egg-cited' to be able to help Dorset Wildlife Trust support and raise awareness of our amazing local wildlife, in particular this young family of barn owls." 

'How to watch'

You can watch the barn owls live 24-7 at www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlifewebcam.

Find out more about Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve here: https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/lorton-meadows

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