Barn owl caught on film at Writtle College

January 2015

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle College Conservation staff have used a trail camera to capture footage of a barn owl.

The camera - the type used on various wildlife programmes - caught the barn owl in one of the College’s buildings at 2.01am on 3 January.

Alan Roscoe, Conservation lecturer, said: “There have been sightings of that very special bird, the Barn Owl, for a number of years. We have recently installed a barn owl box over on our King’s Lodge Campus and decided to set up a camera in a nearby building. After ten days, our patience was rewarded with this ten second video.

“Our estate often offers our students the chance to follow their interest in wildlife outside their studies, adding a valuable aspect to their Conservation course – one of our students will now be dissecting owl pellets to determine the bird’s prey by identifying the remains of skulls and their dentition.”

Click the ‘Video’ button at http://www.writtle.ac.uk/UG-Conservation-and-Environment to watch the footage.