Remember Boris and Brenda, Somerset’s reality star barn owls?


Back in May a story broke in Somerset that I just HAD to blog about!

Regular readers of my blog this year will remember the news about a family of barn owls shooting to online fame? Even if you hadn't seen the story on my blog, you may have heard about it through word of mouth during your holidays in Somerset, as a result of the extensive coverage it received.

Boris, Brenda and brood's webcam footage racked up an astonishing one million hits, but after Brenda flew off and 6 of the owlets successfully fledged, attention in the webcam quietened through the summer.

Somerset Barn Owls | John Fowler Somerset Holiday Parks

That was until last week, when a female was recorded back in the box for the first time in months, sparking a webcam and forum resurgence!

Somerset Wildlife Trust's Eve Tigwell said: "We're beginning to see two owls in the box so they should now start to bond over the winter and then breed early next year," she said.

"This could be Boris and Brenda but because they're not ringed we'll never actually know," she added.

The owl webcam attracted interest from all over the world, as well as local attention – the story certainly struck a chord with visitors to our Somerset holiday park.

Thousands of people are expected to follow the latest developments coming from the webcam, with forum comments like "very excited that Boris has company again" and "great to see our owls back and great to see lots of people on here again" confirming that.

The box is one of 335 installed close to Sandy Glade Holiday Park, by Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Hawk and Owl Trust.

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