Barn Owl conservation: Numeracy educational resources

Lesson ideas and downloadable worksheets

These materials can be photocopied for use in schools on the understanding that they are copyright of the Barn Owl Trust. We also have resources for literacy and science.

Owly addition!

Maths How Many OwlsOur Wings of Change farm has 3 sites where Barn Owls live. Can you add up how many adults and babies there are? How many owls are there in total. A simple addition worksheet for early maths.

Download the How many owls worksheet.


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Owly multiplication!

Maths How Much FoodBarn Owls eat small mammals like voles, mice and shrews. How many do they need to catch each night to make sure they won’t be hungry? How many do they need to catch to feed their baby owlets too? A simple multiplication worksheet for early maths.

Download the How much food worksheet.


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Owls eat and farmers wheat!

The farm at the start of the Wings of Change story is perfect for Barn Owls. Lots of small fields with a mixture of arable land for growing wheat and grassland areas. There are 3 sites where Barn Owls live. Use the worksheets below to find out how many owls there are living on the farm. Feeling like a challenge? Can you calculate how much space is used for growing wheat and how much wheat the farmer produces in the year? Advanced level worksheets using a variety of mathematical processes.

Maths Small Mammals          Maths How Much Wheat

Download the Barn Owls and small mammals KS2 worksheet.
Download the How much wheat KS2 advanced worksheet.


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Create a Barn Owl habitat map!Maths Using Coordinates

Maps are a really great way of showing all the different features in an area. Test your map skills with our coordinate worksheet! Use the grid references to plot points onto your map and create a symbol to show that feature. Can you work out the coordinates for other features on the map? Remember the rhyme “go along the corridor before you climb the stairs” to help you! There are two different worksheets – letters and numbers are used for lower KS2 and just numbers are used for upper KS2.

Download the Using coordinates (lower KS2) worksheet.
Download the Using coordinates (upper KS2) worksheet.


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How far does the Barn Owl fly?

Maths Measuring DistancesBarn Owls have a huge home range. They have favourite places to roost and nest and know the best places to hunt for prey. Measure how far they have to fly to get to different places on the farm. How far is it between their favourite roosts – the barn and hollow tree? Where would be the best place to nest that is furthest from the road? A scale has been included so the level can be adapted to suit KS1 or KS2.

Download the Measuring distances worksheet.


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Areas and perimeters!

Maths Area And PerimeterFields come in all shapes and sizes. It’s important for farmers to know exactly how much space they have to grow crops or graze animals. Can you calculate the area of each of these fields? The perimeters of the fields provide excellent hunting grounds for Barn Owls. What is the perimeter of each of these fields? How much field margin do the Barn Owls have to hunt along in total?

Download the Areas and perimeters worksheet.


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Super statistics!

Statistics can be really useful to tell us how things have changed. Use our long list of statistics about Barn Owls and farms to analyse some of the changes that have caused the decline in Barn Owls. How has the length of hedgerows in the UK decreased? Why is this bad for Barn Owls? Why might Barn Owl road deaths have increased?

Download Barn Owl statistics.

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