|The WORLD OWL TRUST has, for over 25 years,
given unstinting effort to ensure that endangered owls the world over survive into the
next millennium for future generations to enjoy. Formed in 1972, the WORLD OWL TRUST began
conducting extensive research into our native British Barn Owl after discovering that the
wild population was declining rapidly.
The WORLD OWL
TRUST took up the challenge and, by means of habitat restoration, education, and
captive-breeding and release programmes, has to date been involved in introducing over
1600 Barn Owls back into the wild. Many populations in the U.K. owe their existence to the
work of the Trust and its members.
The WORLD OWL TRUST, a registered charity, is the world's
premier owl conservation organisation and promotes scientific research, habitat creation
and restoration, a UK national nest-box scheme, together with breeding programmes.
Currently a leading player in twelve overseas projects the WORLD OWL TRUST is also
committed to education and spreading the conservation message. Current research programmes
include a study of Avian Malaria in Snowy Owls, owl taxonomy by DNA analysis, success
rates in Barn Owl release schemes, and a new European Little Owl survey.
The WORLD OWL TRUST is also one of the UK's
leading wildlife rehabilitation units where many species of injured birds and other
animals are received and cared for until they are well enough to return to the wild. This
service is provided free of charge.
The Trust's Owl Centre is based in the beautiful wooded grounds of historic Muncaster
Castle and every year we welcome over 70,000 visitors to see one of the most comprehensive
owl collections in existence. Here you will see over 100 owls from over 50 different
species and sub-species (some not commonly found in other collections) ranging from the
biggest owl in the world - the European Eagle Owl - to the tiny Pygmy and Scops Owls.
Member of the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain
and Ireland, the WORLD OWL TRUST relies on a small but dedicated membership, visitors,
donations and legacies. Registered Charity Number: 1055489