November 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.

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This year’s calendar is jam-packed with stunning professional Barn Owl photographs! We hope you love it as much as we do! We would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful photographers who support the Trust by sharing their images with us!

There are still a few calendars left – head over to the shop to pick up your copy for £8 + p&p.

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Our ever popular Annual Prize Draw tickets are available to buy online before 6th December. Every pound you donate gives you a chance to win a great prize and helps our vital conservation work with Barn Owls. Tickets are only £1 each – £5 for a book of 5. The Draw will take place on Wednesday 7th December, 2022. Follow the link to our Prize Draw page to find out more and read the full list of the prizes…


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Mateo presented ‘UK Barn Owl Conservation: Why and How’ at the Saving Species Conference hosted by Conservation Chat UK. He commented, “This stimulating conference faced up to the severity of our biodiversity loss, analysed some really positive actions taken to counteract that loss, and gave tremendous motivation to seek and implement more solutions.”

Some particularly relevant subjects were conservation grazing with Dartmoor ponies from Erica Evans (Bicton College) , woodland restoration and wilding from Adam Owen (Moor Trees) , and the rate of biodiversity loss from Stu Collier (Conservation Chat UK) . Many thanks to everyone who participated ☺


10 year old Greg Snook is fundraising by cycling the John Muir Way! Greg cycles the john muir way for bot

“Greg is taking on a scout challenge to cycle the John Muir Way. One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the John Muir Way offers walkers and cyclists a unique journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage. Traversing central Scotland coast to coast in 134 miles, it links Helensburgh in the west with Dunbar in the east. At the same time as taking on this challenge he is raising funds. There are 10 sections and he is completing them over a series of weekends. Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They’ll take your donation and pass it onto Barn Owl Trust.” Thank you Greg!! 🤩🤩🤩
Please support Greg here.

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Many thanks to The Old Kennels, who will donate £5 to support our work when you book this fascinating Barn Owl drawing course!

Just add ‘BARN OWL TRUST’ in the ‘notes’ box when booking.



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This month, we all received Fire Safety Training from Ace Fire & Security.

Fingers crossed we will never have to use it, but the training was useful and comprehensive.

Thank you to Mike Healey, the trainer, for being so helpful and knowledgeable.




Bird Walk Event

Here are some photos from our Bird Walk event on the 18th. The group saw a small flock of Linnets feeding on the winter bird crop alongside Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinches, Sparrowhawks and a Buzzard. Also spotted on the walk were several late butterfly and dragonfly species. Keep an eye out on our events page for upcoming walks.


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Here are a couple of photos from a recent nestboxing trip. The first shows the newly installed Barn Owl treebox and the second shows the view from the box! It’s important to ensure that the entrance to the nestbox faces out across open countryside so that a passing Barn Owl can easily see it. Find out all about treeboxes for Barn Owls here!



Would you like to join our Conservation Team? We are recruiting!Nestboxing 061022 pl 5 we are recruiting

We will soon be advertising for two positions within our Conservation Team!

If you are knowledgeable about wild birds and think you have the passion, skills and experience to help us conserve the Barn Owl and its environment, get in touch!

Send us an email to explaining why you’d like to join the Barn Owl Trust.




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Hedge-laying creates a thick, dense hedge which, alongside its practical purpose of stock-proofing, also provides food, shelter and movement corridors for a host of species. By laying and then trimming hedges (rather than flailing them), resources such as blossoms, berries, nuts and leaf vegetation are left intact – all of which are a vital habitat and food source for many invertebrate, bird, amphibian and small mammal species. These photos are from a recent volunteer group event 😀

Find out about our volunteer work parties on our Events Diary page.


Nominate the Barn Owl Trust – and help us win £1,000! Benefact group

Movement for Good are giving away £120,00 to 120 charities over 12 days in their “12 Days of Giving” campaign. Click here to vote for the Barn Owl Trust and help us win £1,000!



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