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335 nest boxes in 335 parishes

The Trust’s 50th Anniversary year sees the conclusion of our biggest ever community conservation project with every parish in the county supporting the recovery of barn owls in Somerset. Each and every of the county’s 335 parishes is now hosting a barn owl nest box alongside the rough grassland hunting habitat needed to support breeding owls and their owlets. Following the ups and downs of the last three years, the support of local people in creating a place for barn owls within our communities has never been more important. Thank you for supporting the Somerset Community Barn Owl project and we've put together some of the milestones in the interactive timeline here.

Barn owl events

Find out more about Somerset's brilliant barn owls in a series of evening events in early 2016, hosted by Somerset Wildlife Trust and birds of prey expert, Chris Sperring. Find out more information and book here.

Barn owl web cam

We've had a lovely family of barn owls in the box all summer and you can watch them live and follow progress here.

Learning about wildlife

We're delighted that thousands of school children have benefitted from our project. Many have had the opportunity to meet Beau the barn owl and have learnt all about barn owls and conservation. Find out more about our school visits.

Send us your sightings

Please send in your sightings of barn owls and help us to monitor the numbers of barn owls in Somerset. Find out more about recording your sightings here.

Play Quest for the Nest

We're also really pleased to have worked with students at Somerset College to develop an online game for the project. The students have produced an educational and fun game called 'Quest for a Nest.'

Your questions answered

The project has received brilliant support from local communities and we've received all sort of questions from people wanting to help. We're working with the Hawk and Owl Trust and Conservation Officer Chris Sperring, MBE, has put together this Q & A.

Animated owl

An animated guide to barn owls animated and narrated by Davey Owen a student at Somerset College in Taunton. Watch the animation here.

barn owl credit Darin Smithsml

Beau on webcam

Beau Visits Chewton Mendip school

Barn owl by andew mason cropsml