Owls

Our abundance of small mammals supports a healthy population of Barn Owls (Tyto alba). In 2016 we counted 18 chicks in Barn Owl boxes on the estate.

Little Owls are proliferating thanks to our organic soils, now rich in earthworms and other invertebrates, and the fact that we treat none of our livestock with avermectins. Animal dung is swiftly colonised by dung beetles - favourite food of the Little Owl. One ecologist counted 23 species of dung beetle in a single cow pat.

In 2015 we saw our first Long-eared Owls on Knepp, moving in from territory on the South Downs.