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Rodenticides On Sale

Rodenticide Campaign News – May 2011

For many years the Barn Owl Trust has been concernedabout the way mouse and rat poisons are labelled and the increasing proportion of Barn Owls that are found to contain rodenticide. The latest figures from the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme show that a staggering 81% of dead Barn Owls analysed (mostly road casualties) contained traces […]

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Two New Mobile Aviaries With Vehicles

Return to the wild – April 2011

New mobile aviaries – Owls on wheels! Two new mobile release aviaries are about to go into service for the Barn Owl Trust. Originally a ‘whacky idea’ by Head of Conservation, David Ramsden MBE, the unusual looking contraptions were pioneered by the Trust and have since become a vital piece of equipment for the rehabilitation […]

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LLP Wildlife Tower Construction

Wildlife Diary 2010

December 2010 A further 30+ Fieldfares were noted in the remnant hedge feeding on Holly berries on the 4th. By the middle of the month all the berries, holly, rosehips, sloes and haws had been eaten. The two ponds have both been covered in ice all month with just a small patch of clear water […]

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Tawny Owls From Three Owls Sanctuary

Tawny Owls from Three Owls – Oct 2010

The aviary built by the Western Power Distribution (WPD) apprentices has just become the new home for 43 Tawny Owls and 2 Barn Owls. The new residents came from the Three Owls Bird Sanctuary in Rochdale, which was forced to close earlier this year. Nigel Fowler, a trustee of the sanctuary, was keen to keep […]

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LLP Forde Orchard chipped wood

Wildlife Diary 2009

December 2009 On the 5th, our annual Winter Work Party was attended by 12 volunteers, including a group from the Nature at Sundown project and from BTCV Plymouth. We spent the day cutting back the overhanging branches of the remnant hedge in Kiln Close and the predominantly Hazel road boundary hedge. Great progress was made […]

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Barn Owl Trust Video

Barn Owl Trust Video – 3 Minute Wonder – 2009

Our new promotional film is now ‘live’ on the Barn Owl Trust website. The film is a short summary of the work of the Trust, tracing its foundations in 1988 right through to the present day. Conservation, education and research are all highlighted in the video, as well as information provision. The film emphasises just […]

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LLP Forde Orchard pond liner problems

Wildlife Diary 2008

December 2008 At the beginning of the month, the Forde Orchard fruit trees were ordered from a local supplier for collection next winter. Maidens (1 year old) of Apple, Cherry and Plum of 11 different varieties will be planted in early 2010. The 30 individuals will be traditional local varieties selected according to flowering and […]

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LLP volunteers Forde Orchard Plymouth University Students

Wildlife Diary 2007

December 2007 The beginning of the month saw a very unseasonal Buttercup in flower in Half Hatch on the 3rd. Resident Wood Mice were still active under the corrugated iron sheet also in Half Hatch until at least 11th. The next day, five volunteers from Plymouth University came and moved the wood chipped from Forde […]

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