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Join the experts for a guided owl prowl

 25th Jun 2013

Barn Owl by Brian PhippsJoin Somerset Wildlife Trust for a chance to see barn owls hunting at a series of free events on the Somerset Levels and Mendip Hills.

Three owl prowls will be taking place in June and July as part of the Somerset Community Barn Owl Project. The two-hour guided walks will be led by owl expert Chris Sperring, MBE, Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust and Vice President of Somerset Wildlife Trust. The events are open to all ages and provide a chance to see and hear a variety of species including barn owls and tawny owls.

Event details:

Willow and Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Sunday 30 June 19:30 - 21:00

Chancellors Farm, Nr Priddy, Sunday 7 July, 19:30 - 21:30

Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Sunday 14 July, 19:30 - 21:30 - Unfortunately this event has been cancelled

Once common sights, barn owl numbers declined by 70 per cent in just 50 years, due to loss of habitat. With up to 80 per cent of barn owls now nesting in man-made boxes, Somerset Wildlife Trust is teaming up with local communities to get a barn owl box in every parish. Since the project launch in April 2012, 227 of Somerset’s 335 parishes have put up nest boxes and 80 schools have been visited to teach children about barn owl conservation.

Chris Sperring, MBE, Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust and Vice President of Somerset Wildlife Trust said: “The project has captured the imagination of people across the county and it is only thanks to the generous support of local landowners and farmers that we have been able to put up so many nest boxes.”

Funded by Viridor

The three-year project is funded by Viridor Credits Environmental Company; a charity that distributes money from the Landfill Communities Fund, and is a collaboration with the Hawk and Owl Trust; a national charity dedicated to conserving wild birds of prey and owls and their habitats.

The events are free but booking is required on 01823 652400 or email rosie.withill@somersetwildlife.org. For full event details look here.

Photograph © Brian Phipps