Stow Maries Barn Owl Cam
I am very excited to bring you some 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. This year, we are thrilled to bring you a live stream with a camera inside a barn owl box.
Barn owls nest in one of the derelict, protected buildings on site. Recently a new nest box, with an internal camera, has been installed to replace a very old box. At present, a pair are residing in the box during the day and popping back in and out at night. We presume this is the breeding pair and we certainly hope it is.
Denis has also set up a PTZ cam outside the box so we can keep an eye on what is happening outside and supplement our live cam footage with this external footage.
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 our 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.
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.