April News Bytes 2022

These newsbytes appeared on our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during April 2022.


BOESS training course! Boess

Our online Barn Owl Ecology, Survey and Signs (BOESS) course is now available on our website.

We’ve just recently received this wonderful review:

“The most well-designed online ecology training course I have ever attended, and I hope to return in future and attend the online advanced course when it is made available.”

Thank you very much to the lovely ecologist who took the time to send us this!

Photo credit: Russell Savory


An example of our hands-on conservation work

Conservation action

Our conservation team recently visited a site in North Devon where storms had caused substantial damage to a building close to a road containing a Barn Owl nestbox.

Unfortunately, urgent building work was required to make the roof safe and so our team was called out to check the Barn Owl nestbox. Fortunately, it was unoccupied so could be taken down. Continuity of roost/nest sites is vital for Barn Owl survival and so we sited a nestbox within a nearby tree that was visible from the original building. The photos below show the damaged building and the replacement nestbox within sight of the owl entrance hole in the building – fingers crossed any owls will spot their new accommodation!

You can find out more about what we do on our website.


Guided walks on our private reserve!Spring walk

Join us for a guided Spring walk this April to see the beautiful wildlife haven we’ve created, with grassland & woodland alongside the River Ashburn on the edge of Dartmoor.

If you missed this one, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty more to come! Keep an eye out on our Events Diary.



Let’s end raptor persecution!Hen harrier fest

Mark Avery:

“Let’s get together in July!



Rodenticides Rodenticides

Three dead squirrels and a packet of rat poison found nearby to a Barn Owl nestbox. With 87% of UK Barn Owls contaminated through secondary poisoning, safer rodent control is urgently needed.

Barn Owl Hazards: Rat poison.



How you can support usSupport us

Conserving beautiful Barn Owls and their environment benefits all sorts of wildlife – helping nature to thrive.

There are lots of ways you can make a real difference.

How to support Barn Owls

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