Barn Owls are listed on Schedule One of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Birds listed on this schedule enjoy all of the normal protection afforded to all British birds i.e. it is an offence to kill or injure our native birds, or damage or destroy their nest or eggs.
Schedule One birds are further protected from disturbance whilst building their nest, incubating their eggs and rearing their young. Many local planning authorities list a survey for barn owls as a standard requirement where existing buildings will be affected by development.
Where nesting barn owls are likely to be disturbed a licence from Natural England will be required. Greenwillows Associates personnel hold the relevant licences to permit such disturbance.