The Barn Owl Project

The Barn Owl project was set up in January 2019 by John Carrig to help with conservation of Barn Owls in Ireland. He looked at the big problems facing Barn Owls in Ireland, such as secondary poisoning, lack of nest sites, and road collisions being the biggest. He works with likeminded organizations on rewilding and habitat renewal. He is currently setting up groups in each county to drive the project which is one of his key goals.

We are delighted to have teamed up with the John to set up a group in the Longford/Westmeath area to put up Owl boxes in secure and habitable sites. Along with Barn Owl Boxes we are setting up a wildlife tower for other birds of prey who are struggling to find a suitable nesting habitat. Along with being representatives for Longford/Westmeath we are eager for like-minded people to join the group to ensure best practice and to make a real difference in the Midlands. If you are a Farmer or Landowner and want to get involved in the conservation of Barn Owls, please fill contact us directly on the site or call us on the numbers below.   We will call out and help you set them up in areas that are most suitable and give you the relevant information needed to ensure best practice and help grow the declining population of Barn Owls.  Barn Owl nest boxes should be placed in open countryside in isolated trees or trees that overlook open habitat. Avoid urban, suburban, dense forest and high mountain areas. Sites within 1 km of a motorway or other fast, unscreened main road should be avoided due to the risk of road-deaths.

The Barn Owl is also known as the Farmer’s Best Friend - A pair of barn owls can eat up to 2,000 rats and mice in the breeding season.

It is estimated that there are currently between 550 and 650 nesting pairs in the country in 2021. Changes in agricultural practices and the use of rat and mice poison has led to a sharp decline over the years.  This can and is being reversed thanks to programmes that The Barn Owl Project are working hard to implement across Ireland.


Find us on Facebook at the Westmeath Barn Owl Project



How can you help?

You can also help by reporting any Barn Owls Nest Sites, Injured Birds, Sightings or Dead Barn Owls.  

If you are a farmer or landowner and are interested in putting boxes on your land please contact us and we will be happy to call out and give you more information.


If you are interested in volunteering with us, to work with us in calling out to farms & landin the local area and putting up boxes in Westmeath or Longford Please contact us as we need a group in the area to work together to make the difference that is needed.


Specific Barn Owl boxes must be used and like everything, this costs money.  If you would like to sponsor a Barn Owl Box please donate to us expressing it is for the Barn Owl Project and your email and we will keep you up to date on our website and with our newsletter, Any extra funds not used in our area will be donated to The Barn Owl Project Ireland. 


Thank you to John Carrig from the Barn Owl Project for giving us the information needed and providing some beautiful pictures.

Contact Us

Please contact us on the site directly or email with any questions or requests for further information.

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