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We have a pair of resident barn owls, before I built the enclosure for the camper we saw them around and also evidence in the form of pellets in the hearth of the fireplace in the old house I use as my workshop.
Since I built the camper house they have used the internal woodwork, problem with that is they s**t all over and around the camper roof which usually finds its way down the sides, they do also leave pellets on the roof, which I've no problem with as easily cleared up with no residue.
The s**t is another problem altogether, often it stains the roof if I don't catch it straight away  with what appears to be blood in it.
I even built a nest box for them, although they have yet to use it, other than as a perch.

I don't want to deter them, just stop the mess on the van.

Any ideas?

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Oh dear, what a problem to have. I’ve seen your camper house and it looks ideal as a home for owls. Now I know you have no desire to move them onwards, but thinking about how to stop the infernal ‘rain’ how about an umbrella setup, perhaps use a suspended tarp or something tent like that can lie below the actual roof? Then this can limit their access solely to the ends and sides of the support framework. 
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We have done almost exactly what Simon suggests in our barn John. The problem with us is the swallows......LOADS of them! We have suspended polythene sheets, low enough for the birds to have access above it, but high enough to protect everything below. - It works really well.

Lucky you having a pair of barn owls. 😁 Let us know how you get on.

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Wonderful birds, you are so so lucky to have a nesting pair

Could you contact a local wildlife or conservation society for advice?
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Thanks for suggestions, I had been thinking along the lines of a sheet of some sort, although my thought was that the problem with that is there will be a fair accumulation of nasty stuff held on it.
Really wanted to exclude them from the main area they seem to use, although I guess they will choose somewhere else?

Not so fussed with it ending up on the floor as more easily cleared up. 

Did think about wires or mesh in restricted areas, but worried about them injuring themselves flying into what would surely be an invisible to them barrier.

At my previous property we had a very large open hangar where the camper lived and had a problem with pigeons and collared doves, the wire idea worked well in there.

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Thanks for suggestions, I had been thinking along the lines of a sheet of some sort, although my thought was that the problem with that is there will be a fair accumulation of nasty stuff held on it.
Really wanted to exclude them from the main area they seem to use, although I guess they will choose somewhere else?

Not so fussed with it ending up on the floor as more easily cleared up. 

Did think about wires or mesh in restricted areas, but worried about them injuring themselves flying into what would surely be an invisible to them barrier.

At my previous property we had a very large open hangar where the camper lived and had a problem with pigeons and collared doves, the wire idea worked well in there.


You are correct John.....we have quite a ‘collection’ of mess on the plastic, but it is easy to hose off once a year. (Taken down and pressure hoses on the grass outside). It is much better than having the mess on everything in the barn, and also the safest option for the swallows.

I wish we had a pair of barn owls! Any chance of a photo at some stage?

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Hmmm, the quantity of crap these babies leave might mean a more frequent cleaning.

They currently don't visit all the time but next opportunity to picture them I will.

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Here's an example of a deposit! 

Think on this occasion it might have had a dodgy creature [eek]
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Yuck! The only ones over ever seen, on Autumnwatch probably, were certainly more pelletised than yours. That looks rather interrupted digestion. 
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Yep normally the pellets are just that, a nice round dry package, but the crap is always runny, to the extent that because the van is not perfectly flat square it makes a pile with a delightful track across the roof. 
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So how about a tarp secured on its length at maximum height on one side of the roof and then dropped slightly on the other side, so solids can bounce down to one side. Imagine  the profile of an awning. Then if there are liquids to be disposed of then that side could be dropped fully and a power washer used to clean it off. Move the MH out beforehand. I’m assuming it’s a flat roof, I can’t remember. 
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Simon, not flat roof.
Not thought of that solution, think it could work, I'll give it a go.

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