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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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Links to bird/wildlife websites

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) carries out a huge range of projects and campaigns (nationally and internationally) for policy changes to benefit birds and other wildlife. In 2007 the RSPB published their new Barn Owl advisory leaflet - their first collaboration with the Barn Owl Trust!



The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is at the heart of bird study in Britain. When you read that song thrushes have declined by 70% or house sparrows by 50% it's the BTO that provide the figures. They also run the bird-ringing scheme that is an essential part of wild bird population monitoring. If you're interested in birds you really should visit their site!


The BTO also has a fantastic page on Barn Owl facts and figures, click on the link on the right.


If you find a bird (dead or alive) that's wearing a BTO ring you can report it online through the Euring form.


Devon Bird Watching Preservation Society

In 1993 the Barn Owl Trust carried out the first ever survey of Barn Owls in Devon in partnership with the Devon Bird-Watching and Preservation Society (DBWPS) in 2003 and 2013 we repeated the survey.


Cornwall Bird-Watching Preservation Society

In 1994 we carried out the first ever survey of Barn Owls in Cornwall in partnership with the Cornwall Bird-Watching and Preservation Society (CBWPS). If you're into bird-watching take a look at their website.


Bird Guides

The Bird Guides website is a great way of finding out information about British and Irish birds, such as rare sightings and first arrival dates of birds on migration. There is also a great photo library and birding products.


Swift Conservation

Swift Conservation is an organisation dedicated to conserving swifts across Britain and Europe. They provide information on swift ecology as well as practical advice on how to encourage swifts to nest in our buildings. In addition, the website contains details of their various projects, education and training, biodiversity and town planning, and rescue and rehabilitation, in fact everything and anything you ever wanted to know about this charismatic species.


Farm Wildlife

A new partnership website containing information about a range of farmland biodiversity from organisations including RSPB, Game Conservancy Trust, Rural Development Service, Natural England, Butterfly Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust and Plantlife. It also includes a discussion forum.


Nature Friendly Owls

A Barn Owl Project set up in 2011 to help measure the benefits of Nature Friendly Farming standards on the environment and its wildlife, using Barn Owls to show if the environment is healthy or not.



Bat Conservation Trust

The BCT is the umbrella group for all the county bat groups (click "get involved locally") and this page provides a quick guide to bat protection and legislation.


Devon Bat Group

When old buildings are being redeveloped, Barn Owls are not the only consideration. Very often planning authorities these days will require a Bat Survey to be carried out as well as a Barn Owl Survey. Interested in Bats? If so here's a website to start you off.


Links to environment and conservation websites

The Wildlife Trust's

There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK that work towards a wildlife-rich environment for everyone. Use this site to find your county wildlife trust.



The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) is one of the principal organisations involved in providing advice to farmers on wildlife habitats and farmland species such as Barn Owls. FWAG help farmers to enter their land into government agri-environment grant schemes, which can make a significant contribution to Barn Owl conservation. Use this site to find your county FWAG advisors.


Conservation Grade

Conservation Grade is a unique sustainability protocol implemented by farmers in return for a contracted premium price for their crop. Independent scientific trials demonstrate the Conservation Grade approach leads to a significant increase in biodiversity compared to conventional farming systems. The original Conservation Grade standard was developed in 1985 and initiated as a working farmland sustainability agriculture model.


Dartmoor National Park

The Barn Owl Trust is based in a little wooded valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park (DNP). We regularly provide training for DNP's planning officers on Barn Owls and related planning issues. DNP's website has lots of interesting stuff including info on wildlife in buildings.


UK BAP - Devon

The Devon Biodiversity Action Plan (1998) was one of the first county BAP's to be produced and it contained the first-ever Barn Owl Species Action Plan which the Barn Owl Trust helped to write. If you've ever wondered what a BAP is (apart from a soft bread roll) take a look!



If you want to get physically involved in nature conservation why not contact TCV? Tree felling, scrub clearance, hedge laying, pond creation, path maintenance, and a host of other tasks are carried out by TCV volunteer groups across the UK.



WWF helps to conserve endangered species, protect threatened habitats and address global threats trying to find long-term solutions that benefit both people and nature.


Young Peoples Trust for the Environment

The Young People's Trust for the Environment is a charity that aims to encourage young people's understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. This link will take you, or even better, your children to their Animal Fact Sheets.


UK Agriculture

This site mainly about agriculture, food and farming. It provides, amongst many other things, interesting overview of land use history of Britain detailing the effects of the industrial revolution and other major changes.



Ambios is a not-for-profit company involved in training, capacity-building and human-resource development across a broad base of environmental activities. The Barn Owl Trust has close links with ambios and we are currently engaged in a radio-tracking study of barn owls in the UK and in mainland europe.


EuroGIS-GPS training

The first EUROGIS-GPS training has been successfully completed in the UK (September 2012), organised by AMBIOS. This European Union funded project helps to standardise GPS and GIS conservation techniques across the EU. After a simple application procedure, 12 trainees were selected from many different sectors of nature conservation. The successful applicants took part in a two day long GIS-GPS training session, and were allowed to keep the GPS units after the training was completed. The training supports biodiversity monitoring in five European countries.


BirdLife Partners International

A collection of 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide - one per country or territory - and growing. The world's largest nature conservation Partnership. Each Partner is an independent not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation or NGO.



Link to the Barn Owls page on Avianweb website.

The Barn Owl Trust is dedicated to conservation & education and does not operate a visitor centre.
Barn Owl Trust staff and volunteers
Waterleat, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7HU
+44 (0) 1364 653026