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Community Barn Owl Project - We did it!

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 below.



 Learning about wildlife

Beau Visits Chewton Mendip school

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.

Barn owl web cam

Beau on webcam

A female barn owl has recently (October) joined the resident male and you can watch them live and follow progress here.

Send us your sightings

Barn Owl

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

Barney Game

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

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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.

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

Report a sighting © Brian Phipps; Host a box © Andrew Mason; Chris & Beau © Vincent Evans; School group © Nigel Phillips.