Giving without money

Barn owl trust donation collection boxWe are a very small charity and every penny donated is essential to our work. But you can make a big difference even without spare cash – here are some ways you may be able to help – click on the links to find out more:

  • Display a Donation Collection box. An easy way for organisations, companies and businesses of all sizes to collect for Barn Owls.
  • Donate an item we need (see list below) – and save the Trust money.
  • Donate your old car via Giveacar – contact them and they will arrange to collect the car. Choose to give either half or all of the proceeds to the Barn Owl Trust.
  • Shop online with well-known, high street and online stores, using Easy fund raising or Give as you Live  – by signing in before you start to shop, we can receive a small donation – without it costing you a penny.
    • Give As You Live LogoOr if you shop with Amazon, sign up for Amazon Smile and choose the Barn Owl Trust as your charity.
  • Collect and recycle items such as used stamps, old or foreign coins, & bank notes etc. and send them to us here in Devon.
    • Please send items direct to the Barn Owl Trust.
  • Have a clear out and donate up to 100% of the sale price of unwanted items you sell on eBay. Make the Barn Owl Trust your favourite charity, and list your item. Look for the tick box under ‘Raise money for your favourite charity through eBay’. You choose the percentage you want to donate, and as a reward you get credit for basic fees. Tick the Gift Aid box to increase the value of your donations!
  • Donate prizes for our Grand Draw each December – we’d like new, good qualityEbay for Charity - Barn Owl Trust items or vouchers that are easy for us to post, i.e. not bulky or heavy please – contact us with your ideas.
  • If you live in Devon, become a volunteer.
  • Raise funds for Barn Owls.
  • Do your own thing – a few ideas for how you can get involved in helping Barn Owls.

Do you have anything we need?

Over the years the Trust has been given many items that have saved us money. Some are new but many are used and unwanted, gathering dust until we provide a new home. If you have any of the following items we would be delighted to receive them – thanks for looking:

  • Metal detector
  • A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests – BTO -Written and illustrated by James Ferguson-Lees, Richard Castell and Dave Leech.
  • ‘Invertebrate Conservation and AgriculturalEcosystems’ by Tim R New.
  • Farming and Birds (Ian Newton) book.
  • Box trailer – any condition but must be large, roadworthy, dry inside, and lockable (minimum 2.4m x 1.5m x 1.8m high).
  • Wild bird food – mainly sacks of black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, or peanuts.Barn Owl Perched Hunting
  • Wood for making outdoor nestboxes – sheets of 9 or 12mm tanalised softwood ply and lengths of 25 x 50mm tanalised batten.
  • Green Oak rough-sawn planks for making bat boxes.
  • Anabat detector.
  • Small Plate Compactor.
  • Wire Cutters.
  • Socket set (48 pc 1/2 inch drive).
  • Extra long drill bits (3,4 & 5mm)
  • Good quality Barn Owl winter scene images – especially photos or illustrations for Christmas card production.
  • Wild Barn Owl pellets (we can never have too many!). Please dry them, freeze for 24 hrs, then post.
  • Anyone in the Ashburton area who could occasionally provide temporary lodging for a Barn Owl Trust volunteer, at a reasonable rate.
  • A4 and A3 recycled paper and card, any colour.
  • Brown packaging/parcel tape.
  • Large Curver boxes for casualties.
  • Wheel Clamp suitable for use on our Display Trailer (13-17 inch wheel)
  • Prizes for our Grand Draw (post-able i.e. not heavy or bulky)
  • Folding saw horses/trestles
  • Binoculars – At least 7x magnification, lens diameter 7 x 40
    or 8 x 40 or 7 x 42 mm
  • Hessian Sacks
  • Electric chain saw – Stihl (cordless)
  • Electric Strimmer/Brushcutter – Stihl (cordless)
  • Old newspapers (for owl boxes in our Bird Room)
  • Woodchip (for use in the aviaries)
  • Used stamps, including any foreign stamps & currency
  • Postcards and pre-1970 envelopes with stamps on
  • Brightly coloured ripstock material for banner printing
  • Quick grip clamps
  • Small bales of hay and straw (can collect from S.Devon)

Donations of items on this list help our work and/or save us money. In the past we have been given things as diverse as a caravan to use at County Shows and office desks; from a microwave to defrost owl food, to garden rakes for cleaning aviaries. If you have anything else you believe we could use, recycle or sell please contact the office to check before sending it.

 Thank you for helping.

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