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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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Jobs & Volunteering

Do your own thing?


If you'd like to become a Barn Owl Trust volunteer but live too far away from our base here in Devon then perhaps you could do something helpful in your own home area? Maybe you're thinking of becoming involved in practical Barn Owl conservation work (such as erecting nestboxes) but you don't particularly want to be associated with an organisation? If you want to be completely independent then it may be a good idea, in the first instance, to take a look at some of our information leaflets. The information we provide is based on years of experience and you may as well learn from our mistakes rather than make your own! You may like to check out information provided by other organisations too - see our Links page.


On the negative side...

Unfortunately, in this age of Health and Safety laws and charity financial regulations, we have to avoid situations where people are doing things in the name of the Barn Owl Trust over which we have no control. Sadly, we cannot allow you to do something like a street collection in the name of the Trust unless we know about it in advance, you can confirm that the necessary street collection license has been obtained and all other legal requirements (security and accountability) procedures are in place. Similarly, we have a ‘duty of care' to anyone who works (even voluntarily) on behalf of the Trust. To discharge this duty we have to ensure that you have all the necessary skills, that a risk assessment has been carried out, and that adequate measures are in place to minimise the risk. For these reasons, doing your own thing (in your own name) and taking full responsibility for yourself is often your best option.


On the positive side...

Being independent has some real advantages! You can do what you like, when you like, and how you like (as long as it's within the law!). Whether you're thinking of supporting the Trust in your own way or getting involved in Barn Owl conservation independently, please feel free to contact us. We are really happy to help by providing information and advice.


Here are just a few ideas:

  • You could make nestboxes and erect them on local farms (after consultation with the landowner). Talk to landowners about the Barn Owl's habitat needs - is there scope for improvement?
  • Ask the Trust to put you in touch with the nearest person who is involved in Barn Owl conservation.
  • Carry out a local Barn Owl Survey in the winter looking for pellets etc. (in spring & summer you need a licence, in winter generally you don't), keep records of what you find AND what you don't find. Perhaps you could gather together a group of like-minded people to help you?
  • You could do something to raise money for the Trust and ask for all contributions to be sent directly to us.
  • If you are thinking of running a fund-raising event for the Trust, collecting the proceeds and sending them to us; that's great, but please contact us first. Thanks!
  • Collect used stamps on behalf of the Trust and send them to Stamps'n'All - see link on right.


Trust vacancies are sometimes (but not always) advertised through Stopdodo.com

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