UK Laws: Wild Origin
The laws relating to wild Barn Owls in the UK
Population figure estimated to be around 4 to 5,000 pairs.
Wild Barn Owls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
It is an offence to:
Intentionally take, damage or destroy any wild Barn Owl nest while it is in use or is being built.
Intentionally kill, injure, or take (handle) any wild Barn Owl.
Intentionally take or destroy a Barn Owl egg.
Have in one's possession or control a wild Barn Owl (dead or alive, or any part of) or egg unless it has been legally taken.
Intentionally or recklessly disturb a Barn Owl while it is nest building or is at or near a nest containing eggs or young or disturb dependent young.
Under the "Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981" anyone found guilty of an offence is liable to a fine of up to £5,000 or an imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or both.