January News Bytes 2023

These newsbytes have appeared on our social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the month and have been pulled together here.

We have a wonderful Woodcock visiting our reserve!

“Sometimes known as the snipe of the woods, the exquisitely camouflaged woodcock is mainly nocturnal, hiding in the dense undergrowth of woodlands and heathlands during the day” The Wildlife Trusts.

For more information about the Woodcock, check out this fascinating interview with Chris Packham:

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We have only a handful left of our gorgeous 2023 calendars…grab one while you can! Now only £5 + p&p! Many thanks to all the talented photographers who donated their images to help us raise funds.


Creating owl windows in barns!


An owl entrance hole can easily be created in outbuildings to allow Barn Owls access inside. The ideal entrance hole size is 13cm x 25cm as an upright rectangle – here is Mateo after creating a hole within a boarded barn! We then also fitted a nestbox inside the barn for the owls to use. More info here.



A beautiful day yesterday for erecting 3 nestboxes

Mateo and Pip visited a site in the South Hams where they erected a Barn Owl indoor nestbox, a Barn Owl tree nestbox and a Tawny Owl nestbox, all dedicated to and in memory of the site owner’s late father. What a fabulous way to remember a loved one. ❤









RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Bingo!












Wildlife-friendly plants from the Devon Wildlife Trust












A beautiful badger exploring our reserve!

We hope you are enjoying seeing all of the elusive individuals who call our reserve home or pop in for a visit when we’re not around! According to The Woodland Trust, the ideal habitat for badgers is a mixture of woodland and open country, so it’s no surprise they like it here! Check out our Wildlife Diary 😊

A Grey Heron strutting down the boardwalk!

This boardwalk runs alongside the river Ashburn, so this Heron was most likely looking for a spot of lunch! You can find out all about Grey Herons on the The Wildlife Trusts website.


If you’d like to record a UK Barn Owl sighting, you can do that on our survey site: barnowlsurvey.org.uk












Thank you Bickington Community Lunch Club!


We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Bickington Community Lunch Club who held their fundraising event at the weekend and raised £160 for the Barn Owl Trust!! Thank you everyone

Find out how you can support the Barn Owl Trust.



Thank you, Greg!


This is a picture of Greg at the Helensburgh end of the John Muir Way trail  which he completed just before Christmas and raised £125 for the Barn Owl Trust!! What an achievement!

Well done Greg and thank you so much for your support!  This donation means that we can continue to give our owls at the Sanctuary the very best of care, whilst also continuing to help conserve Barn Owls in the wild.




Have a delicious lunch and support Barn Owls!


The Barn Owl Trust has been chosen as the nominated charity for this month’s Bickington Community Lunch Club!

50% of the donations go to St Mary’s Church and the other 50% are donated to that month’s chosen charity

Please see the attached poster for further event details. Thank you very much to Christine for choosing us, we are very grateful for your support!



Will you make a lasting difference today?


Our wonderful Wildlife Tower was built using a generous legacy that will go on making a difference for many years to come. Could you support Barn Owls in your will?

Photo by Wildlife Watching Supplies Kevin Keatley



2023 Calendar – sale now on! Limited stock!


We have just a few of our 2023 calendars left and they are now £7 +P&P

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful photographers who support the Barn Owl Trust!

This lovely cover photo is by Gavin Bickerton-Jones.


Happy New Year!  And best wishes for 2023 to all our supporters


The last few years have been particularly challenging for a lot of people and small charities have suffered too. Sending a BIG thank you to everyone who supported us through 2022! We couldn’t do it without you

If you would like to, you can make a donation here.

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