July News Bytes 2022

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

Devon County Show

Barn Owl Trust staff and volunteers attended the Devon County Show 30th June – 2nd July. We won an award on the Friday for our beautiful trailer – Bronze award in the 6m trade-stand category, of which there were 200 stands! 🤩

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Butterfly WalksPicture29

We ran butterfly walks around our reserve on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. If you didn’t get a chance to visit us this time, keep an eye on our social media pages and on our Events Page for upcoming walks. Our next public guided walk even is our evening Bat Walk on Thursday 11th August.




Calling All Poets!Poems
It’s your last few weeks to enter your poems into our Wildlife Poetry Competition (2022)! The closing date is Friday 29th July. All profits support our vital conservation work & help provide care for rescued owls.






Raptor recovery australia

Barn Owl rescue in Australia

Did you know that Barn Owls are found (almost) all over the world?!
And so are people who care…
Here’s an inspiring story from Raptor Rescue Australia of our nestbox design being used in Australia, to give a new home to an owl family when their tree blew down in a storm.





Climate coalition


Climate Crisis

How does the climate crisis affect Barn Owls?

Find out here.




Always a joy – but why do we ring owls?
Ringing provides important information that underpins our conservation work. Find out more here.






Practical Conservation – Barn Owl habitat managementBracken bashing event photo

Join us for a fun event tackling invasive bracken whilst enjoying the wonderful butterflies and crickets on our beautiful wildlife haven! You can find out more, including how to book to join us here. Keep an eye out on our Events Diary for upcoming volunteer days 😊



The Great Big Green Week – 24th September – 2nd October 2022Gbgw

We are planning some great events for Great Big Green Week! Watch this space…




Rehab update – Foxy and AshFoxy and ash rehab 220722

These two Tawny Owls are doing really well out in our aviary. With lots of space to fly around & plenty of places to perch, they have become very agile. It won’t be long until they can be released!

They are very well camouflaged, can you spot them?

Find out all about Tawny Owls here.





Practical Conservation – Nestboxing Treebox and beebox collage with text and logo resized

In mid-July, our Conservation Officers put up a new Barn Owl box in this beautiful Oak tree at a local site in Devon. The box you can see below is for honeybees! Thankfully, Barn Owls are not interested in bees!
The lovely bee hive (not ours) is by Just Bee Eco Hives, based in Cornwall.

You can find out all about our conservation work here.





A new species for our nature reserve!High brown fritillary upperwing and underwing resized

This rare High Brown Fritillary butterfly was spotted earlier today by Assistant Conservation Officer Pip! Fritillaries are not easy to ID but luckily Pip spotted the orange ringed ‘pearls’ on the underside of the hindwing!

You can find out all about the High Brown Fritillary on the Butterfly Conservation website.




It’s all about Fritillaries at the moment!Silver washed (l) and high brown (r) fritillaries

Both the Silver-Washed Fritillary (left) and the High Brown Fritillary (right) were seen on our reserve this week!






Poetry competitionPoems

It’s the last day for our poetry competition is this Friday (29th July)! For more info, have a look at our Wildlife Poetry Competition 2022 page.





Beautiful Barn Owl!Beautiful female owlet north devon july 2022 pip resized

During annual monitoring site visits this month in North Devon, our Conservation Officers came across this beautiful young female Barn Owl! She has a lovely buff collar under her neck which, along with speckling on the underwing and chest, is a strong indication she is female. You can find out all about our population monitoring work here.






Our reserveJuly butterflies and bird crop collage resized
Wishing you all a lovely weekend! 🌻
The nectar strip we planted alongside our bird crop is looking stunning at the moment!
The Peacock and Gatekeeper butterflies were spotted on the reserve earlier this week during the weekly summer butterfly survey 🦋
Find out all about our reserve on the Lennon Legacy Project page.
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