The Trust's work - live owl emergency calls
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How it began...
The Trust's co-founders have been dealing with live bird emergency calls since 1985 - three years before the Barn Owl Trust was founded as a registered charity in the southwest of England. The number of calls quickly increased to its current level of around 250 calls per year.
The calls we get
We now receive emergency calls from all over the UK and even some from abroad. How we deal with them depends on where the call originates from and what species it involves. Injured Barn Owls in Devon, Cornwall, West Somerset and West Dorset usually come straight to the Trust for immediate care. In the case of other owl species, some may come to the Trust and others passed on to other rehabilitators. Other sorts of birds are generally passed on, not because they are considered less important but because there are other rehabilitators more used to dealing with them (and we have more than enough to cope with already!).
Contacts around the country
Calls from other parts of the country are dealt with using a network of contacts that the Trust has gradually built up over time. We can often put people in touch with a local owl rehabilitator. These local contacts are a very important resource - they've helped us to deal with numerous owls we've never even seen.
Please contact the office if you would like some help to find a contact near you.
There's a huge variation in the finding circumstances, traffic victims, young owls that have fallen from the nest, emaciated birds, and a whole host of others. In our experience, roughly one third of the birds brought in make a successful recovery and are released, one third die, and a third remain permanently disabled and spend the rest of their lives in our sanctuary or one of our local owl foster homes. Pages on this site include "What to do if you find an injured owl" and there are various PDF leaflets to read or print off. These can be found in the links to the right. In addition, there is more information on this topic in the Barn Owl Conservation Handbook.