Barn Owl Talk by Colin Shawyer

Barn Owl photo: Richard Tyler

Barn Owl                                                                                                                     photo: Richard Tyler

Gloucestershire Barn Owl Monitoring Programme and Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group are hosting a talk on Barn Owls on the evening of Wednesday 25th January.
Why two different groups? It was felt that Barn Owls are popular among landowners and farmers (the bird is almost a status symbol with some!). Once you mention raptors the reaction is rather different, so the two groups are distinct and and do different things.

Colin Shawyer is a raptor biologist and professional ecologist specialising in birds, mainly birds of prey and has published widely on this subject. He was Director of the Hawk and Owl Trust between 1988 and 1998. He undertook work for the BTO between 2000 and 2010 developing and implementing its Barn Owl Monitoring Programme
In 1988 Colin founded the Barn Owl Conservation Network (BOCN), and he is BOCN Coordinator for UK and Ireland. He oversees and undertakes extensive Barn Owl nest monitoring every season.

Wednesday 25th January, Ribston Hall School, Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5LE
Doors 7pm for a 7.30pm start/ £5/ Refreshments available for a small charge.

Tickets can be purchased here. If you are unable to buy tickets online, do email them and they can reserve your tickets to pay on the door.

Staying with this popular species, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Barn Owl project is taking shape. The fundraising is complete, and volunteers have built 60 nest-boxes. These will be put up mainly in the River Windrush catchment area and the Cotswold Water Park, the county’s Barn Owl hot-spots and land where the GWT already has a good working relationship with the landowner through other projects.

What is needed most is a group of surveyors who will visit the boxes to see whether they are occupied and if there are young birds present. A training day is being arranged for February explaining the project, the protection around the species – special licences are needed to approach an active nest – and what is required when monitoring these birds.
If you are interested in checking a box (or a few boxes) over spring and summer, please contact any of the following:
the Contact Us page on this website
richard.spyvee @
john.field @