Essex Wildlife Trust Barn Owl project
Essex Wildlife Trust’s Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project saw another exciting year in 2015. The project now has more than 150 nesting boxes monitored across Essex, from the Ingrebourne Valley in the south, to Saffron Walden and Harwich in the north.
These boxes have been ‘taken under the wing’ of the existing, dedicated team of 50 volunteers. Their hard work, together with the irreplaceable support of more than a hundred private and commercial landowners, corporate members of Essex Wildlife Trust, councils, schools and community groups, is producing fantastic results.
A good number of the boxes are already in use; in 2015 49 Barn Owl chicks were recorded by Essex Wildlife Trust volunteers. Many of these chicks were subsequently ringed by the British Trust for Ornithology, contributing data vital in determining the state of the Barn Owl population, nationally.
Special thanks is given to Daniel and Kelly of Maestro Tree Services, who voluntarily give their services to support the project in such a key manner, often travelling the length and breadth of the county at weekends to ensure our feathered friends have a new home. Sometimes, that may, of course, be Stock Doves or Jackdaws – despite how well we label the boxes for Barn Owls!
A volunteer monitor’s work is never done: over the autumn/early winter they have been busy removing debris from existing nest boxes to ensure that potential Barn Owl lodgers have an accessible, disease-free home. The mammoth effort made by the project’s volunteers was recognised when they were collectively awarded a Living Landscape 2015 Award for their hard work and dedication.
As the project grows, more landowners are invited to be involved. Are you willing to consider hosting or sponsoring a Barn Owl nest box in Essex? Please contact Emma Ormond, Living Landscapes Co-ordinator, on 01621 862954 or email email@example.com for more information.
The above is one of many joint projects undertaken around the county, but in addition, do you realise that your company can work in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust through the Investors in Wildlife corporate membership scheme?
The scheme has been in existence since 1991, and the Trust work with a variety of companies, including SME’s and blue chip around the county. Membership offers a range of benefits and provides long term strong reciprocal business relationships.
Use of the corporate logo demonstrates to your clients, and potential clients support for a local wildlife conservation charity and acknowledges CRS and environmental responsibilities. The corporate directory of existing members is used for B2B marketing, and contact is actively encouraged between members. Additional benefits include reciprocal web-links (the Trust had over 1 million hits) an Investors in Wildlife logo, and use of the visitor centres for business meetings free of charge. Join us on a programme of corporate events, including Thank You, networking events, bat evenings, barge trips, a Golf Day and a special 25th Anniversary event during 2016.
We all have an affinity with nature and enjoy our natural environment so as subscriptions are tax deductible, why not support your family focused LOCAL conservation charity and receive the benefits of business membership.
For further information please contact Michele Farrant, Corporate Manager on 01621 862984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.