News Bytes – November 2023

These news bytes have appeared on our social media sites, FacebookX, formerly known as Twitter and Instagram during the month and have been pulled together here.

At the beginning of the month our Conservation & Science Officer Dr Mateo Ruiz was looking happy at Conservation Chat UK LTD.



Within their home range a pair of Barn Owls will generally use 1 nest site (possibly 2), 1-3 main roost sites, & any number of sites they visit occasionally. Just as some sites are only used while the birds are nesting, others may be only used in winter.



This beautiful photo, taken by Gavin Bickerton-Jones, features as the August image in our 2024 calendar! The calendar is now available for £8 +p&p on our website:

Thank you so much for your support Gavin



Fancy a spot of lunchtime bird spotting? How many birds or part-birds can you spot in this picture from our nature reserve?

We think there were 11 in total.  Or maybe 12!



And away!

Video showing the recent release of a Tawny Owl back into the wild. This owl (named Buddy) was found on the side of the A38 with bad concussion after likely being hit by a vehicle. After two weeks of rehabilitation, he was exhibiting normal behaviours and successfully passed his flight test, which meant we could release him back into the wild

Always a joy to see them fly off strongly and we are all hoping he stays away from the roads!  Click here to watch the release.

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Our Senior Conservation and Science Officer, Dr Mateo Ruiz, gave a presentation about Mitigating Barn Owl Vehicle Collisions on Major Roads at Conservation Chat UK last week. Major roads are one of the biggest killers of healthy Barn Owls. We urge National Highways to trial the mitigation suggested on the back of our recent research.

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Another Tawny release!

A few weeks ago we received another Tawny Owl who had been caught up in a roof rack of someone’s van. The owl (named Rew by our team) appeared uninjured except for some bleeding from the nostril, consistent with a head collision. It was fairly touch-and-go for a while as she was pretty unresponsive to sound and movement, but after a week of rehab she turned a corner and was eating by herself and flying around her aviary normally. We gave her a few more days to put on some more weight before fitting her with a BTO ring and releasing her back into her territory at dusk. Fly free Rew!  What to do if you find a young Tawny Owl.

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Scientists working here at the Barn Owl Trust have signed the ‘World Scientists Warning to Humanity’. This 32-min video explains what it is and, more importantly, why we have signed it.

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So sad to see these unnecessary deaths.  For anyone with a rat problem, wondering what to use instead of poison, there are quite a few effective ideas on our website

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A big thank you from us to Petroc Official College Animal Care staff for hosting us and students for your enthusiasm! Yesterday, Senior Conservation Officer, Dr Mateo Ruiz, ran a nestboxing workshop for the group which involved an introductory Barn Owl talk before building indoor Barn Owl nestboxes together. If you’re interested in organising a nestbox workshop for a group, contact us on

Find out more about the indoor Barn Owl nestboxes the group made here.

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This beautiful, thatched barn has been home to a roosting Barn Owl for a while, but he had nowhere to hide away. The landowners wanted to do what they could to help so they got in touch with us. Yesterday, we went out and put up a lovely new nestbox for him! We hope that this will encourage the owl to stay and help him get through the winter, and perhaps even nest next year

Although Barn Owls need safe, dry places to hide away, they also need food… Find out how you can manage land to increase the food supply for Barn Owls near you by clicking on this link.

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Sending a huge THANK YOU from all of us to Angela and Karen at Belgrave Barn Owl Antics for their amazing support! Angela and Karen have been making and selling Barn Owl calendars, and donating all profits to the Barn Owl Trust.  Tetra Tech Ltd also joined in with the fun and made an additional donation on top! Thank you all so much!

As a small charity with no government funding, we are dependent on donations to continue doing the work we do. Find out more ways to support us here:

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More about our talks here  

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BOT staff and volunteers hedge-laying on our reserve last week

“Hedgerows provide many environmental services, and are vitally important for wildlife as a refuge, a source of food, and as corridors along which they can move through the landscape.” –

If you’re interested in joining one of our volunteer work parties on our reserve in South Devon, get in touch on

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As it gets colder, Barn Owls are more inclined to use perches, such as fence posts, to hunt from because it saves energy and reduces heat loss. They can also conserve considerable heat energy by roosting in a warm and/or draft-free place, such as a gap in a stack of bales or a nesting space built into a house



Feedback received on a recent adoption:

“The recipient really loved it… She is really blown away! I found it fascinating to read up on the history & work the BOT do. I will definitely take up a 2nd year option on Baley…”

Adopt a Barn Owl here!

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Our Barn Owl themed online shop offers earth friendly gifts that are gentle, The Barn owl Trust shop is here.

By buying directly from us you’re helping us to protect and conserve Barn Owls & their environment. Thank you!

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Might we see the Barn Owl on the mountain? – A heart-warming article about Barn Owl conservation work in Ireland: 😍

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Christmas cards!

These stunning limited-edition Tawny Owl Christmas cards are now in our shop! Just £1.50 each! The beautiful image was taken by Harvey Grenville  Thank you so much for your support Harvey

See all the other Barn Owl Trust cards here!

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