As part of my role as Assistant Ecologist combined with the compensation for roosts lost through development, two barn owl nest boxes were erected at Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park.  Danny Thomas, Riverdale Ecology Ltd, a volunteer bird ringer, who holds a Schedule 1 disturbance licence for species including barn owls and a ringing licence through the British Trust for Ornithology, led the checks.

In August of this year, the second year of post development monitoring, Danny and I visited the Burial Park to determine if the barn owl nest boxes were being used. We are incredibly pleased to announce that a female was seen leaving one of the boxes and at the time of the visit four seemingly healthy chicks were present inside this box. The barn owl chicks were too young to ring so we planned a return visit a few weeks later to ring the adult and chicks.  Most barn owls are ringed as nestlings at three to seven weeks old and this provides important information that underpins conservation work for owls.

The presence of barn owls is a good indicator of the health of biodiversity.  The range of habitats needed by the species is also vital for a wide range of other animals. Barn owls require large areas of rough grassland foraging habitat within 2km of their nesting site.  The Burial Park’s long grassland areas provide some of the large area of suitable foraging habitat required.  These areas are more likely to support small mammal prey, such as rats, mice, voles and shrews.

We visited the nest boxes approximately one month later to find three chicks remaining.  Danny managed to ring one of the barn owl chicks.  We will hopefully see the continued use of this box by barn owls in the future.

  • A peaceful place to be with your thoughts surrounded by nature. The Woodland Walk a carpet of Bluebells, such a wonderful sight. Looking forward to my next visit. TP
  • A real treasure. The carpet of bluebells are breathtaking. You must visit it to really appreciate the place. The benches are perfect for a quiet 10 minute reflection and listening to the birds. HM
  • This is a beautiful natural option for people. The setting is fabulous and the staff couldn't be more helpful. Well done. HD
  • What a wonderful part of our planet. So calm and peaceful. Mrs S
  • Beautiful bluebell walk with lovely easy access. The dog and I loved it LM
  • Absolutely fantastic, Matthew went above and beyond to cater for me and my partner, fantastic service during a difficult time, would recommend to anyone, thank you BR
  • Everyone is so helpful throughout the whole process of finding a lovely resting place for my mums ashes Thank you to the entire bluebell woods family xxx SB
  • The service Matt and all the other members of staff is exceptional. Just popping in for a walk you are always made welcome. Events like the Bluebell Walk and the Dove Release make it all the more special. Excellent place to go.and reflect. TM
  • What a perfectly peaceful and natural setting this woodland site is & the owners and staff are so friendly and helpful. The woodland walk, when the bluebells are in full bloom, is a breathtaking sight to behold. Whether you want to discuss a final resting place in a natural setting or would just like a peaceful walk in the fresh air, this is the place to go. JB
  • I just wanted to say than you for all your help organising the funeral. Matt was so kind and helped answer all the family's questions. We couldn't wish for a more beautiful plot for Melanie than in the Bluebell Woods. It's a wonderful place to come and reflect. Jack Berrens

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Hainford, Norfolk, NR10 3BG