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The Barn Owl Trust

Conserving the Barn Owl and its Environment

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Nestbox workshop: one-day events


What's involved...

The BOT has been running nestbox workshops since 1992. The events are usually run in conjunction with another organisation such as county Farming and Wildlife Advisory Groups or Wildlife Trusts. They are designed for farmers and landowners who wish to encourage Barn Owls and those with an interest in practical conservation work. Workshops have been held at venues in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire to date. Participants spend a day with the Trust and make their own indoor Barn Owl nestbox to take away; they also receive a comprehensive Barn Owl information pack.


The day is comprised of three main parts, the first being an illustrated presentation about the Barn Owl and its preferred habitat, the value of nestboxes and methods of construction and erection. After lunch there is a practical exercise where the participants convert a tea chest into an indoor Barn Owl nestbox using wood provided. Once the nestboxes are completed, there is a visit to a local farm where there are demonstrations of how to put up a box, in both traditional and modern barns.


Who is it suitable for?

The workshops are popular with and suitable for all ages, we have had participants from 8 - 80.

Throughout the day there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions, browse through the sales goods and free information leaflets, and enjoy the tea and coffee provided. There is a charge for these workshops to cover the cost of materials, overheads and a contribution towards staff time.

Nestbox workshop picture

How can I book a nestbox workshop?

If you would like to find out about future events or if you are involved with an organisation that may be interested in holding one with us, please contact the Trust.

NOTE: There are no live Barn Owls displayed at these events.

If you don't have the time or inclination to attend a workshop you can buy a purpose built box from the Trust.


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