What a great idea for a Xmas gift!
Are you looking for a memorable gift this Christmas? Maybe you’re stuck on what to get that special person in your life? Or perhaps you’d just like to treat yourself?
Why not give a boost to our local owl population and sponsor an owl box.
Why owls need help
Barn owls are amazing creatures and we are very fortunate that they can be found around Steyning. However since the 1930s their numbers have reduced by 70% and to survive and thrive they need our help. These highly specialised birds have amazing eyesight and hearing and an almost silent flight as their light bodies are carried by soft feathers which pass gently through the air. The loss of habitat, old barns and dead trees which were traditional nesting sites, and the changes in our landscape which have led to food shortages through the loss of hedgerows and rough grasslands, have had an enormous impact. Barn owls are recognised as indicator species, where they flourish the biodiversity is healthy and a whole host of other species also flourish.
Our nest box plans
Greening Steyning are delighted to have the opportunity to work with a group of local farmers who have suitable sites for owl nest boxes on their land. We are raising funds to install at least ten owl boxes on farms along the Adur Valley, creating a network of new nesting sites.
Owl boxes need to quite big to accommodate a family of baby owls. We’re taking design advice from the Barn Owl Trust.
We’re getting them made by a local carpenter, Dan Carter, using durable, sustainably sourced timber provided at a special price by Gardner and Scardifield (a big thanks to both for their help on this project!). They will cost around £150 each to make.
There’s two options for sponsoring an owl box:
- You can sponsor a whole box for £150
- You can ‘share a box’ and pay £25 for part on a box.
Sponsors will each receive a beautiful lino cut gift card made by local artist Melissa Birch, as well as a nifty owl motif badge saying “I Give a Hoot!” (great for kids!).
You’ll also get an information sheet explaining all about the project, with details of the webpage we’re setting up to provide updates on where the nest boxes been installed and, later on, news on whether any owls have moved in.
Please Give a Hoot!
Delivery details & deadlines
We will send the gift card and other items to your home address. So if you are giving it as a gift you can personalise it and pass on to the lucky recipient.
Orders and payment must be received by 18 December for you to receive the gift card before Xmas.
If you are planning on mailing it on to a friend or family member, make sure you get your order and payment in by 14 December to provide time for the post.
How to place your order
Just click the button below to place an order.
We prefer to receive payment by bank transfer. Please make the transfer as soon as possible after you’ve placed your order. We will send final confirmation when the funds have been received.
So we can identify payments, please add a reference with your name and ‘owl’ (so for example: J Smith Owl).
Our bank details are:
Bank: Coop Bank
Sort code: 08 92 99
Where to spot owls
If you’d like to see a barn owl in the meantime, take a walk up the River Adur from Upper Beeding to Bines Bridge at twilight, or in the early hours as dawn breaks across the Downs, and you might be lucky enough to spot one hunting silently along the river. If you spot one please record it at the online Barn Owl Survey