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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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About the Trust

Our finances


What happens to your money?

Our finances

For every £1 you donate, 93p goes towards supporting the conservation of the Barn Owl. The other 7p helps us to raise the next £1. We spend 61p from every £1 on practical conservation which includes putting up nestboxes and caring for casualty owls and 32p on running our free national information and advice service.

We are always pleased to hear from individuals or businesses that would like to support our work. By making a regular donation you can help us to continue to Conserve the Barn Owl and its Environment - Together we can make a world of difference.

How we use your £1 2014

The chart below shows how our income was made up in the financial year ended 31st March 2014.

Other income which accounts for 16% includes Gift Aid payments, bank interest, sale of nestboxes, training courses and solar generation.

Income 2014

The chart below for the same period shows that we spent 93% of our expenditure on conservation of the Barn Owl and its Environment. 61% went on practical conservation and 32% on running our free national information and advice service.

Of the other 7%, 4% was used for fund-raising and just 3% was used for management enabling us to fulfil our legal obligations; accountancy, financial inspection etc. We are able to keep these figures low because we have a wonderful team of volunteers.

Expenditure 2014

The significance of grants and legacy income

The Barn Owl Trust became a registered charity in 1988 and we published our first accounts in 1989.

The Trust has grown in response to the need for the services we provide – practical conservation, education, information and research. We also own and manage 26 acres of land for wildlife (The Lennon Legacy Project) and have a small private owl sanctuary and hospital.

This growth has been made possible by the donations and other income we receive with the support of grants for specific projects and legacies. The chart below shows our annual income and the significance of grants and legacy income since 1989.

Significance of grants and legacies 2014

The Economic Downturn

The Barn Owl Trust has 11 staff, 5 full-time, 5 part-time; it does not have a fund-raising team. The general economic situation over the last few years has affected the Trust.

Over the years grant giving trusts have less money available and more applications. Like most other charities the proportion of our total income that comes from grants has dropped. The chart below shows our income and expenditure since 2000 and the difference between the two.

Income & Expenditure the difference 2014

You can see from this chart that since 2004 the Trust has ended several years with a deficit. After the huge shortfall of 2013 we were very grateful to receive legacies in the last financial year to help restore some reserves. It's thanks to legacies received in previous years we have been able to weather these deficits.

To ensure we can continue operating at our current level we need to make the Trust less grant and legacy dependant. We need to increase our regular support, donations and fund-raising - the Barn Owl Trust needs more FRIENDS

Barn Owl portrait Nick Sampford

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Thank you for thinking about Barn Owls.


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