Children at Cutcombe First School, in Wheddon Cross, enjoyed a visit from Beau the barn owl as part of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Community Barn Owl Project to get a nest box in every parish.
The visit took place thanks to Western Power Distribution which is supporting the project by funding an additional twenty visits to Somerset schools to teach children about barn owl conservation.
The project has already visited 52 schools across the county, with over 1,000 children learning about owls and habitats with visits from Beau, pellet dissection and box building workshops. In total 335 nest boxes will go up with more than 140 already put in place by Somerset farmers and landowners.
Tracy Carr from Western Power Distribution said: “We are delighted to lend our support to this project so that more children across Somerset can meet Beau and gain an understanding into the challenges these wonderful barn owls face in the environment.”
Following a public talk held at Minehead College in September the Trust is also looking for volunteers to help with a barn owl survey on Exmoor. The survey will be led by Chris Sperring, MBE, Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust and Vice President of Somerset Wildlife Trust. It takes place on Saturday, November 24, 3-5pm. Booking is essential on 01823-652413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three-year Community Barn Owl 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.