We offer 2 different presentations about Barn Owl conservation, for local adult groups in the South West UK. Each lasts around 60 minutes with time for questions, but can be flexible to meet your group’s requirements. We use strikingly visual slideshows to illustrate our talks and can provide all equipment needed for this (screen, projector etc.).
Restoring the Balance
The first of the 2 talks takes a look at Barn Owl ecology and the causes behind the decline of this iconic farmland bird. It explores wider environmental issues that have impacted on the Barn Owl and encourages the consideration of how we can make changes to counteract these impacts. The second half of the talk looks at Barn Owl conservation and the positive work of the Trust. The talk offers an excellent overview of Barn Owls and the environment that will suit any general interest or special interest groups.
The Lennon Legacy Project – creating ‘Barn Owl heaven’
The Lennon Legacy Project (LLP) talk is offered as a follow-up to Restoring the Balance and has proved to be equally popular. We strongly recommend that new groups have the Restoring the Balance talk before the LLP talk which works well as a natural follow-on.
The LLP is 26 acres of land, adjacent to the Trust’s offices in Devon, which we purchased with a generous legacy received out-of-the-blue in 2001 from Ms. Vivienne Lennon. Thanks entirely to Vivienne, we have been able to change 26 acres of intensively grazed sheep pasture into 26 acres of ‘Barn Owl Heaven’. The LLP talk tells the story of this transformation and the resulting increases in wildlife.
Safer Rodent Control
This talk is for groups that are specifically interested in how to avoid using the highly toxic rodenticides that are commonly deployed in rodent control.
The talk content includes an introduction to Barn Owls and then moves on to cover the wider impact of rodenticides, the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime, and the UK Code of Best Practice, as advocated by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). The talk finishes by highlighting some of the practical aspects of safer rodent control.
Groups that have received our talks are welcome to book a visit to see ‘Barn Owl heaven’ for themselves. After a short introduction, we will take you on a gentle walk around the LLP before returning to the Trust buildings for refreshments. The whole visit lasts between 2 and 3 hours and is priced per person depending on what refreshments you choose (tea or coffee and biscuits or a Devon cream tea).
Please note: parking is very limited. We can accommodate an absolute maximum of 15 cars. The ideal group size is 10-15 people. If you have more than 20 we suggest you split into 2 groups for the walk.
Not part of a group? Please take a look at our events page for our seasonal open guided walks.
- The Lennon Legacy Project – the story of how our habitat restoration project began.
- Barn Owl talks for young people, children and schools.
- Bespoke events – unique experiences tailored to your group, business or organisation.
All donations from our talks and events help the conservation of wild Barn Owls.