March 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.

Do you have a lamp that you don’t use?Desk lamp

The Barn Owl Trust is moving into temporary offices soon while our old office building is replaced and we need to find some angle poise lamps for our desks. Can you help by donating a lamp for a good cause?

If you think you can help, please contact our office (an email with a photo would be really useful) on


Barn Owl Trust article in the Dartmoor Magazine!Picture2

Read all about Barn Owls and what you can do to help them, as well as how the Barn Owl Trust started, in our article in the Spring 2023 edition of Dartmoor Magazine!

You can find out more, including where to purchase a copy, here.





Barn Owl in snowBarn owl in snow

This Barn Owl not only found food in the snow last week it also evaded a Red Kite and a Buzzard that tried to grab it. Videoed in Derbyshire by Charlotte Cook and Alex Fenn, thank you for sharing.

See full video here:




Scam attack

Apologies to any followers affected by the extensive and rather sophisticated spam attack in the comments on our Facebook posts over the weekend. The hoody shown with our logo is not sold by the Barn Owl Trust and we have no knowledge of, or connection with the account responsible, who has been reported and blocked. If you clicked the link, as a precaution, please have your device checked for viruses. The BOT logo is copyright, so please let us know if goods are being sold with our logo on them, without our permission. Thank you.
How to avoid and report internet scams:


Dates for your diary!Picture3

Join us for guided walks around our wildlife haven managed for Barn Owls or help with practical conservation tasks:



Free webinar: Why and How? – Barn Owl Nest BoxesPicture4

This Devon Rewilding Network free webinar will hear from Mateo Ruiz from the Barn Owl Trust.






The Barn Owl Trust has been conserving wild Barn Owls and their environment for 35 years!Picture5

Found an injured or sick owl?
Owl care advice & UK contacts on our website:

Seen a wild Barn Owl in the UK?
Record your sighting on our survey website:


The A-Z of ideas for the Great Big Green WeekPicture6






Have you ever wondered what you could do to encourage wild Barn Owls?Picture7

How to encourage wild Barn Owls.

Photo: Alastair Marsh Photography








We are still looking for a new Office Administrator to join our fantastic Admin and Reception team. The successful applicant will have recent office admin experience, be friendly with a good sense of humour, have excellent communication skills and want to work for 15 hours a week for a local conservation charity with a national identity. For more information and the full job description: If you’d like to chat about the job and/or apply, please ring the office on 01364 255256 and ask to speak to Gill (Office Manager).



One of our long-term sanctuary volunteers has retired after many years of volunteering and we are looking for someone who could help us out with practical volunteer work (aviary cleaning and maintenance), on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. If you’re interested, please email

Volunteering for the Barn Owl Trust.




Our Conservation Team replaced an old fPicture10latbox (which the floor had fallen out of!) with a new indoor Barn Owl nestbox at this nest site in Cornwall. This nestbox will stay warm and dry, and be safe for young owlets

How to build, or buy, an indoor nestbox for Barn Owls.






Barn Owls in SpringPicture11

By early spring, Barn Owl pairs are usually spending much of their time at their intended nest place. Most pairs engage in mutual preening and cheek rubbing as part of courtship and pair-bonding. Aggressive behaviour is also normal during courtship, such as bill fencing. 

Photo credit: Phil Thorogood

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