Tawny Owl Box Placement
Tawny Owl Box Siting
Tawny Owls like to live in and around woods. The boxes are best sited towards the edge of the wood, 3-5 metres above the ground affixed to the side of tree away from the prevailing wind. Avoid trees with ivy and climbers on and keep away from paths and other busy places. The chicks like some ground cover to protect them when they are ‘branching’ or climbing around before they fledge.
A few inches of clean soil or potting compost make a good substrate in the boxes and this should be cleaned out in the autumn.
If you have Tawny Owls regularly visiting an area that’s a great start to siting a box
Chose a tree that is away from any regular disturbance especially near active gardens or footpaths
Make sure there is somewhere nearby for the young owls to ‘branch’ into
Pick a tree without any ivy or creeping plants
You need a nice smooth face on the trunk that is preferably wider than the box to offer good support
Face the box entrance away from any prevailing wind and rain
Place the box no less than 12 ft above the ground but aim for 15ft or more
Fix the attachment plate first with the help of someone
Lift the box into place either yourself or with a rope over a higher limb/branch
Fix the box to the attachment plate on the tree with help
Remember to place a substrate in the base of the box for the owls to lay their eggs on