Barn Owls are protected under wildlife legislation in the UK. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Part 1 Section 1 (1)) states it is an offence to
- Kill, injure or take any wild bird.
- Take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while that nest is in use or being built.
- Take or destroy an egg of any wild bird.
Barn owls are also listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This lists bird species that are afforded higher protection. There can be a hefty fine or even imprisonment for any offence involving a barn owl, its nest, or egg. The law means that barn owl nesting sites are also afforded some protection.
To find out more about barn owls, look at the Barn Owl Trust’s website.
Fact sources: Barn Owl Trust.