|About the Barn Owl Trust
We are a charity working for wildlife
conservation on your behalf. We've achieved a tremendous amount with limited resources
thanks to a small team of hard working staff and dedicated volunteers.
We carry out practical conservation and research work, advise farmers and landowners,
run a free national information service, liase with local authorities, statutory bodies,
conservation groups and individuals, produce educational materials and give talks to
schools and adult groups.
We started working with Barn Owls in 1984 and became a registered charity in 1988. A
year later we started our free national information service.
We produced the first-ever report on the release of captive-bred Barn Owls in Britain
in 1989 and in 1992 we produced a draft 'Code of practice for Barn Owl release' on behalf
of the DoE.
In the early nineties we instigated the first-ever research into the effects of barn
conversions; four years later our Barn Conversion Research Project report was published. A
guide for planners and developers was published in 1995 and distributed to every planning
office in the UK. As a result of this provision for Barn Owls must be incorporated into
every barn conversion.
The Trust took a leading role in the production of the first Biodiversity Action Plan
for Barn Owls in 1998.
Our new site enhancement schemes are tackling the root causes of Barn Owl decline by
targeting a package of practical and advisory work at each known nesting site- district by
district- working closely with farmers and landowners.
Current research includes a radio tracking study and a major investigation into the
effects of modern roads on the Barn Owl Population.
Barn Owl staff and volunteers have erected hundreds of nestboxes and surveyed thousands
of farm buildings. Because we do so much fieldwork, our advice to others is well informed
We help and advise farmers and landowners who wish to encourage wild Barn Owls. We
stress the importance of maintaining nesting and roosting sites and providing suitable
We give talks and provide resources to schools, teachers, societies, farmers and local
authorities to raise awareness of the plight of the Barn Owl and the effect on the
environment of everyday activities.
We supply a comprehensive range of leaflets covering all aspects of Barn Owl
conservation, including habitat, nestboxes and barn conversions. Most of our information
is sent out free of charge.
The Trust has established a sound scientific track record, having carried out a variety
of major research projects of direct benefit to barn Owl conservation.
Communication and co-operation
The Barn Owl Trust has a uniquely personal approach. We work with organisations and
individuals locally, nationally and internationally, to encourage the conservation of Barn
Owls and the whole environment.
We have a "Live Bird Emergency" telephone number (07889 594663) which is in
service 24 hours a day. This number can be used across the country if an injured barn owl
has been found and is in need of treatment. If the casualty is local then we would deal
with it ourselves, if not then we can give advice over the phone and we would try and put
the person in contact with someone local to their specific area if possible.
We have a "bird room" which is used to treat injured Barn Owls. Our Senior
Conservation officer has experience in treating owls and we have a very good local vet. We
have a hospital aviary where the birds can convalesce and we also have a sanctuary where
the birds can live permanently if their injuries prevent them from being released into the
wild (we are not open to the public so that the birds are not disturbed). If they can be
released we have a mobile aviary that is used to help with the release process.