About the Trust
The geographical areas we cover
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Responding to Barn Owl enquiries from all over the world
Since the Barn Owl Trust started in 1988 we've had calls, letters and emails from almost all European countries plus several in Asia and the Americas. Barn Owl workers from Spain, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria and India have all visited the Barn Owl Trust. Of course most of our enquiries (98%) come from England, Scotland, and Wales and there's a strong bias towards SW England where we are based.
Please note: whilst much of our Barn Owl conservation advice is applicable abroad, people need to be aware that different countries often have different small mammal species. For example, there are no field voles in Ireland and mainland Europe has common voles. Therefore, our leaflet No. 1 Barn Owl Habitat Management (which talks about the need for rough tussocky grassland) is only applicable to mainland Britain.
Local Owl contacts across the UK
We have compiled two directories of people who work independently of the Barn Owl Trust in other parts of the UK and we use these where a local contact is needed. One covers wildlife rehabilitators who take in injured owls, the other is a list of people who run their own Barn Owl conservation projects. Most of these erect Barn Owl nest boxes and some are involved in giving habitat advice, monitoring the population and ringing birds. Although many are entirely independent, some are in close contact with the Barn Owl Trust and/or other organisations.
Research Projects and Reports
Although all our research work has been carried out in SW England, the results and recommendations are generally applicable to the entire UK (and other countries to some extent). For example, our fifteen-year investigation into Barn Owl road mortality and the effects of the major road network on the UK Barn Owl population produced recommendations for reducing road deaths that could work in any road-network landscape capable of growing trees and shrubs.
Consultancy, Training and Lectures
Professional consultancy work, training and lectures involve occasional trips to Wales, the Midlands, the Home Counties and almost anywhere the costs can be covered. We occasionally present university lectures and scientific papers in mainland Europe too.
Barn Owl Conservation Work in Devon and the South West UK
Erecting nest boxes, on-site advisory visits, site-survey consultancy work, detailed recording of Barn Owl sightings, occupied sites and casualties, county Barn Owl surveys, receiving owl casualties, rehabilitation and owl releases, educational visits to schools, talks to adult groups, professional training courses.
The full range of our activities is carried out throughout Devon and Cornwall (and to a lesser extent in Dorset and west Somerset).
Owl Hospital and Owl Sanctuary
Our Owl Sanctuary is home to many Barn Owls, but is not open to the general public. Casualty owls are cared for in our Owl Hospital. Rescued and recovering owls awaiting release back into the wild, as well as owls which are unable to be released into the wild are housed in large aviaries, provided with food, shelter, medical attention if required and a quiet life. You can help take care of them by Adopting a Barn Owl.
"Barn Owl Heaven" - The Lennon Legacy Project, Devon
To see the Barn Owl Trust's work at first-hand and meet our staff, come along to one of our regular Lennon Legacy Project (LLP) Events, at our Devon base, situated in a quiet wooded valley on the edge of Dartmoor near Ashburton. See Forthcoming Events for details.