Talks to general-interest adult groups
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The first half of the talk covers Barn Owl identification, a bit of ecology, and the reasons behind the decline of the species. The second half covers Barn Owl conservation and the work of the Trust. The talk culminates with the inclusion of global environmental issues and their effects on Barn Owls, and ends with a moving combination of music and specially chosen images.
‘Restoring the Balance' not only tells people all about Barn Owls and their conservation, it also points out the environmental consequences of everyday human activities. Describing the plight of the Barn Owl and how all the causes of its decline are man-made encourages people to think of the wider issues involved.
In 2005 we started offering an entirely new presentation as a follow-up to ‘Restoring the Balance' entitled ‘The Lennon Legacy Project'. This is concerned with an amazing project the Trust has been running since 2001 - it's all about an area of land the Trust acquired after receiving a wonderful legacy. The project slogan is "transforming 26 acres of intensively grazed sheep pasture into 26 acres of Barn Owl heaven". You can find out more about the project by following the link opposite.
Audiences that have heard the Lennon Legacy story often ask if they can visit the Trust to see 'Barn Owl heaven' for themselves. As a consequence, we now provide specially invited groups with bespoke guided walks. These usually take place between May and August when the grasses, flowers and butterflies are at their best. A short section of the walk is especially magical where it follows the River Ashburn through a small area of beautifully tangled woodland.
Each talk lasts for approximately 45 to 70 minutes depending on the depth of interest and number of questions. The talks are illustrated with beautiful images and the Trust provides all the equipment (screen, projector stand etc.).
Both talks are suitable for a wide range of groups. Talks so far have been presented to natural history societies, local Wildlife Trust groups, RSPB members groups, National Trust groups, Women's Institutes, amenity societies, Rotary and Probus clubs, Young Farmers groups, and many others. By 2006 we had given over 360 adult talks to over 14,000 people.
The Trust gives these and other talks throughout Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. For more information on our educational talks, follow the links opposite. We recommend that groups have the ‘Restoring the Balance' talk first as the Lennon Legacy Project talk naturally follows on from this. We feel very honoured to have received numerous lovely comments after presentations..."...That was, quite simply, the best talk we've ever had..."