Latest news & events
Barn Owl Skydive from 13,000 feet
3rd July 2015
At 08.30am - Monday 7th September 2015
A member of our team 'Jim Homer' will be taking on a supportive mission to go where no Owl has been before.
At 13,000 feet
Jim will be jumping out of a perfectly good plane to fly back to the safety of the ground (hopefully with the assistance of a parachute).
To make this a bit more challenging he will be dressed as an Owl, yes, an Owl and by supporting the Barn Owl Centre he also wants to be the first owl to beat that god damn peregrine to the dive record.
Jim's amazing challenge is to raise much needed funds to support the ongoing work of the Barn Owl Centre in support the work of Bird of Prey Rescue and Conservation work.
Please help do your bit for us and please donate generously to this cause and make Jim a happy Owl at 13,000ft.
Donate to the Barn Owl Skydive Here
Gloucestershire's Owl Box Project - 2015
8th June 2015
Gloucestershire's Owl Box Project
Gloucestershire Owls will be receiving a huge housing boost from the Barn Owl Centre in the form of 50 new Owl Boxes.
To help fund this important Owl Box project for Barn Owls, Tawny Owls & Little Owls, with Kestrels included, funding will come from the small amount of profit we accumulated from the sale of our Owl Boxes that we distributed UK wide.
During the 2nd half of 2015 & in preparation of this years winter months, our conservation team will be out & about visiting landowners across Gloucestershire to install 50 additional Owl Boxes free of charge.
The aim of our project will be to provide important housing to support this year's young Owlets when they disperse to new locations of our local countryside. In addition, this will create many additional nest sites for breeding Owls during the 2016 season & onwards.
News updates with images will follow on as this important Owl Project moves forward.
Additional support is always a great help to aid such an exciting Owl Box Project.
If you can help with a kind donation, please Donate Here
GET INVOLVED -Great opportunities for the future
27th May 2015
Fundraising Volunteers Wanted
We are currently looking for fundraisers to help promote and raise funds for Owls and for our charity.
• Do you love working in the community?
• Do you want to help make a difference?
• Do you have any spare time in the week or at weekends?
The Barn Owl Centre is about to embark on its biggest step forward in its 17 year history with the freehold purchase of Netheridge Farm, which is the home of our charity.
Our future aim will be to enhance our connectivity with the wider community by.
• Creating added on-site facilities to support Education, Conservation and Bird Welfare.
• To publicly open a unique Barn Owl Centre for all to enjoy.
• To increase external activities both locally and UK wide to further our support to protect and to conserve Owls.
• To offer employment opportunities and to create apprenticeships schemes.
We are embarking on an exciting journey with realistic ambitions and for this reason we are looking for up and coming members of the public to assist us in raising the required funds to help take the Barn Owl Centre forward.
If you think you have what it takes to get involved in a fun filled close knit team then please contact Jim Homer on 01452 383999 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for one or possibly two volunteers that have good woodworking experience.
With the expansion of our workshop we need help from skilled or semi skilled people that are confident using tools such as nail guns & cross cut saws, etc. For the right people, this could lead to full time employment.
If you have any spare time on your hands and would like to offer help at the Barn Owl Centre, please call 01452 383999 and ask to speak to Vincent Jones.
All travelling expenses will be reimbursed.
Please get in touch & become part of the team at the Barn Owl Centre.
2015 - Great News for Gloucestershire Barn Owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls & Kestrels
2nd January 2015
Added support given to Gloucestershire Owls & Kestrels
Following on from a very successful 2014 breeding season, the Barn Owl Centre is pleased to announce that it will be joining forces with the newly formed Gloucestershire Barn Owl Monitoring Group (GBOMP). Our dedicated conservation team will assist in what ever way we can.
For 2015 onwards, additional projects sites within the Gloucestershire Countryside, this will be created to provide an important boost to the number of important breeding sites for Barn Owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls & Kestrels.
To get involved or to find out more, please call the Barn Owl Centre's Conservation Team on 01452 383999 or visit this link to GBOMP's WEBSITE.
For up to date news on how this important work moves forward, please visit our active Twitter Pages
Barn Owl Centre helps PTS rescue a Bird of Prey
13th November 2014
We were called out today to help rescue a male Sparrowhawk trapped in a building owned by PTS Plumbing, Gloucester.
Other organisations were contacted by PTS but sadly no help was offered even though they were national organisations.
Being a small local Rescue Charity we arrived to site very quickly & the Sparrowhawk was quickly rescued & released successful back to the wild by the branch manager Ian Riliey
Well done PTS Plumbing Supplies - Gloucester for taking the time to help a trapped Sparrowhawk.
IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED BARN OWL & FOUNDER 'GYZMO'
Due to a recent & complicated illness, which we thought he was getting over, Gyzmo all of a sudden took a turn for the worst & went downhill. It is with a massive amount of sadness that we have to announce that this well loved Barn Owl, our closest ever friend, gently fell asleep in our hands on the morning of 7th June 2014 at 1.30am. Typing this with tears is hard
Gloucestershire Wild Barn Owls 2014
21st May 2014
Nest Box 2 - Contained a brood of 5 Barn Owlets & 1 adult female
Nest Box 3 - Contained a female Mandarin Duck on 4 eggs
Nest Box 4 - Contained a brood of 6 Barn Owlets & one adult female
Nest Box 5 - Contained a brood of 5 Barn Owlets & one adult female.
All adults were ringed, one adult was already ringed & due to age of the young, only 5 Owlets were rung, which means a revisit is required. The Mandarin Duck was also ringed.
Looking at other data coming in from around the UK, it looks like Barn Owl numbers will increase significantly this year!!! Looking forward to visiting more nest boxes & hearing about the results from others who also work to support Barn Owls.
Image seen here was taken as a record of a brood of 6 Barn Owlets from Nest Box 4. Beautiful aren't they & yes they are true wild Barn Owlets & not captive bred Barn Owlets which is very important!
Barn Owl Centre adds 2 new trustees to charity
10th May 2014
Exciting times ahead with 2 new trustees now added to the Barn Owl Centre.
On the evening of Thursday 8th May 2014, an important meeting was held to take us from 4 trustees to 6 trustees. The additional trustees are.
Barn Owl Manors now off to Malaysia
9 July 2013
Barn Owl Manors attract international interest
The Barn Owl Centre are pleased to announce that we have won an international contract with a Malaysian Company, this was to supply & ship over to Malaysia, two of our super sized Barn Owl Manors.
Barn Owl Centre Documentary
7 March 2006
The Barn Owl Centre are please to provide web viewers & supporters with a televised recording of a programme called "Heart of the Country" This outlinings just some of the problems we as a charity have to deal with regarding the captive breeding of Barn Owls as Pets.