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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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Owl rehabilitation

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If you've found an owl which appears injured or unwell, there's practical advice about what to do on our Picking up or receiving a live owl page.

Rehabilitation Report - bird casualties received by the Barn Owl Trust in the period 1990-2005. This recently published document presents figures on the number of bird casualties received by the Barn Owl Trust and what happened to them up to the point of release. Background information and a brief outline of the rehabilitation process are also included so as to provide the reader with an understanding of the Trust's involvement in this type of work. However, the aim of the report is not to provide detailed guidance with regard to dealing with casualties or the selection/operation of the most appropriate release method
What to do if you find a young Barn Owl. This leaflet will enable you to check the owl over before returning it to the nest and do what is best for the owlet whilst being aware of the legal implications. You will learn how to assess whether or not the owlet needs specialist care and how to get help, and also why young Barn Owls often fall from nests and subsequently die. The advice in this leaflet must only be used when dealing with nestling or fledgling Barn Owls. If the owlet you have has livid pink edges to it's eyelids you need leaflet No. 48, not this one!

What to do if you find a young Tawny Owl. This leaflet explains why young Tawny Owls are often found by people. It tells you how to check the owl over and decide if it needs specialist care. All the information you need on returning it to the wild is included. The advice contained in this leaflet must only be used when dealing with nestling or fledgling Tawny Owls. If the eyelid edges are brown and not livid pink you almost certainly have a young Barn Owl and you need leaflet No. 49, not this one!


Feeding Barn Owls. This leaflet provides information on food for wild or captive Barn Owls. It explains what food to use, where to obtain it, dietary supplements and some safety and hygiene precautions.


Other information on owl rehabilitation. There is a lot more information on this topic in the Barn Owl Conservation Handbook. If however you have a specific question please feel free to contact the Office.

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