Talks to general-interest adult groups
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The Barn Owl Trust offers a variety of talk and slideshow presentations:
- The first talk: 'Restoring the Balance', looks at the Barn Owl's lifestyle, its decline, the work of the Trust and how everyone can help.
- The follow up talk: 'The Lennon Legacy Project' tells the story of how the Trust acquired 26 acres of intensively grazed sheep pasture and transformed it into 'Barn Owl Heaven'. It describes how managing the land for Barn Owls has benefited not only Barn Owls but a host of other native wildlife.
- We also offer a presentation entitled 'The Wings of Change' suitable for schools and young people's organisations.
‘Restoring the Balance'
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 takes a look at 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.
This follow up talk is concerned with an amazing project: 'transforming 26 acres of intensively grazed sheep pasture into 26 acres of Barn Owl heaven' enabled by a wonderful legacy recieved in 2001.
The Story of the LLP.
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 offer a variety of seasonal guided walks. A short section of the walk is especially magical where it follows the River Ashburn through a small area of beautifully tangled woodland. Join us between May and August when the grasses, flowers and butterflies are at their best, enjoy the wonderful colours of Autumn or celebrate winter creatively by making a festive wreath with natural materials collected from the hedgerows.
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 adult 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. 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..."