A live video stream of Barn Owls in a North Yorkshire nest box proves a surprise hit with thousands of viewers around the world.
The webcam, in the village of Thixendale, has attracted viewers as far away as Japan and the United States. A bar in the Netherlands even switched its big screen from sports coverage to showing owls.
The North Yorkshire barn owl nest box channel has over 1.2 million subscribers (Robert Fuller).
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Wildlife artist Robert Fuller, who installed the camera, said interest in it had “gone crazy”. Mr Fuller said he initially started the diet during the lockdown because he felt there was a “need for nature and green spaces for everyone”. Since then, people from all over the world have sent him selfies of themselves watching the owls, he said.
A group tuned in as they lined up to visit the Statue of Liberty in New York. There were now more than 1.2 million subscribers to the channel, Mr Fuller added.
“People literally tune in for months to watch these live streams. Incubation, hatching of chicks, all the drama along the way, until fledging,” Mr. Fuller commented.
Niels Van Dalen, a member of staff at the bar in the Netherlands where owl food has proven so popular, said the response from customers had been “very positive”. He said: “It brings such joy. It’s so peaceful and comforting compared to something like sports where everyone is shouting. Everyone is just enjoying the wildlife.”