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Stow Maries Barn Owl Cams

In 2022, I was able to deliver a range of wonderful live cameras in the grounds of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, in Essex. Working with Denis Stretton and Hikvision and  Birdsy cameras, we have experimented with a range of set-ups to try to bring some unique live cameras online. In 2022 we were thrilled to bring you a live stream with a camera inside a barn owl box, inside the building and a waterhole on the outside of the building.

Barn owls nest in one of the derelict, protected buildings on site. In early 2022, a new nest box, with an internal camera, was installed to replace a very old box. The pair successfully raised three chicks. Cameras were set up inside, as well as a PTZ cam in the building that  monitored the outside space as well!

The grounds at Stow Maries provide perfect, unspoiled habitat for all manner of wildlife, due to the fact that it lay dormant for 100 years after WW1, allowing the wildlife to flourish. I have visited & photographed the amazing wildlife there on a number of occasions. The vast majority of the site is open grassland with woodland and although it has no statutory designation, it is home to many species of fauna and flora including all five species of British owls, a rarity in one location, as well as the 22 red listed birds, which have been sighted. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome works in partnership with Natural England to improve and manage the ecology. As participants in their Entry and Higher level Stewardship schemes, the site work to carefully manage the site to get the very best habitats for the wildlife there.

Generator Building External PTZ camera

The barn owl box is within an old generator building on site. Within this building, kestrels are also nesting. This Pan, tilt, Zoom (PTZ) camera will periodically move to look at different areas, so you can see both the kestrels and the exterior of the owl box.

YouTube Playlist 2022/23

We will upload a selection of the best clips from our cameras both inside and outside of the nest box. Thank you to Denis Stretton, who is doing most of the monitoring and uploading of clips from this site.

YouTube Playlist 2021/22

We will upload a selection of the best clips from our cameras both inside and outside of the nest box. Thank you to Denis Stretton, who is doing most of the monitoring and uploading of clips from this site.

I have been lucky enough to photograph the barn owls at Stow over the years that I have visited the site. Always a complete privilege to watch these stunning birds in the wild.

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