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Barn Owl talks for schools and young people

Let the Barn Owl Trust come to you!

In-person visits are offered in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset only.

Online Talks

All of our talks can be delivered online via Zoom/Teams/etc.

New to Autumn 2023 – Flying into the Future Talk

In Autumn 2023, the Barn Owl Trust has developed a new, specifically designed talk for schools and community youth groups called Flying into the Future. This session engages audiences through the medium of storytelling, helping young people learn about Barn Owl habitat and conservation, and introduces the topic of extreme weather and climate change

What does the talk involve?

The story begins in the present day and continues forward 25 years in time, following the story of the Barn Owls living on two different farms near the Exe Estuary in Devon. Using visual aids, it covers Barn Owl ecology and considers how extreme weather events might affect Barns Owls in the future and how the families on the farms respond to the challenges extreme weather brings.

After the talk, the session culminates with an appearance by Baley, our volunteer education Barn Owl! He will be free to fly around the room and perch wherever he chooses, giving the children a chance to see a real owl up close and ask as many questions as they like! Baley is never tethered and does not fly for food, he really is a volunteer!

The story can be used as a catalyst to give children the opportunity to consider what actions they and others might take to help slow climate change.

Please be aware that there are certain room requirements for the appearance of Baley. These will be discussed at the time of booking.

Sessions last for around 60 minutes and are aimed at 7 – 11 year olds. If you would like further information or wish to book a talk for a different age group, please contact us to discuss your requests. 

Wings of change school talk mateo & baley [exeter cathedral school] 180919 (b)
School Pellet Analysis

Barn Owl pellet analysis

Barn Owl pellet analysis offers a fascinating insight into the feeding habits of the Barn Owl. It’s an amazing activity for children to engage with, as part of a food chains topic. When booking a visit please let us know if you would like any wild Barn Owl pellets and we will do our best to meet your requirements. Alternatively you can buy pellet dissection packs from our online shop (subject to availability). We can provide a guided pellet analysis session for the class following on from the Flying into the Future talk – please get in touch to find out more.

Cost and how to book

Most in-person talks are given in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. The cost is a suggested minimum donation and depends on the travel distance from our base at Ashburton, on the edge of Dartmoor (see below). The prices below are for one class of up to c.30 children and increase by £10 for each extra class. Bookings numbering over 60 children may require 2 sessions.

Suggested minimum donation:

  • £50   Online
  • £50   Parishes of Ashburton and Buckfastleigh
  • £75   Within 40 miles (driving distance) of The Barn Owl Trust, TQ13 7HU
  • £80   Within 50 miles (driving distance) of The Barn Owl Trust, TQ13 7HU
  • £85   Within 60 miles (driving distance) of The Barn Owl Trust, TQ13 7HU
  • £90   Within 100 miles (driving distance) of The Barn Owl Trust, TQ13 7HU
  • £95   Within 120 miles (driving distance) of The Barn Owl Trust, TQ13 7HU

Please email info@barnowltrust.org.uk for more information and to book.

Bespoke events

We are happy to create specialist talks or unique events, tailored to your group, business or organisation, in a beautiful rural environment, so please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

For more information and to book.

Free* educational materials to download and print.
*Free for personal or educational use.

Explains what an owl pellet is and how it is analysed.

All donations from our talks and events help the conservation of wild Barn Owls
Thank you ❤