20 May 2022

Watch: Kilkenny farmer's delight as barn owls make their nest at his home

'Great to see them going into the new box' says Nicky Murphy

Kilkenny farmer Nicky Murphy has gone to great lengths to protect the barn owls on his land while running a busy farm.

His passion for the creatures is evident in this video courtesy of Biodiversity Ireland BirdWatch Ireland. There are two barn owl chicks this year, who are being fed by their busy owl parents.

"It's fantastic. It's hard to describe what you are looking at - it is special to see," says Nicky.

"One night they were out about half 8, 9pm and it was like they were at a disco bopping around."

He gave up using rat poison to encourage the owls, and has noticed fewer rats: "It's nature coming back to itself," he says.

"It's a gain for me to have them on the farm."

The video is part of the County Kilkenny Barn Owl Survey undertaken by BirdWatch Ireland for Kilkenny County Council, with co-finding from the National Biodiversity Action Plan Grant 2021 of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.


To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.