Who Gives a Hoot? Sponsor an owl box

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Good news for local owls!

Bob Brewer Dohcyud44t4 UnsplashWelcome to our Who Gives a Hoot home page!

We will be updating it with news of the owl box project as it progresses.  The good news is that we raised enough funds over the 2020 Christmas period to install 10 owl nest boxes – so the project is ready for take off!

 

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. 

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Our nest box plans

Greening Steyning are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Upper Adur Farmers Group, a network of local farmers who have suitable sites for owl nest boxes on their land.  We have raised enough funds already 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, and getting them made by 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!).

Sponsorship options

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We’re not stopping at 10 boxes, so the sponsorship scheme is still open.  There’s two options for sponsoring an owl box:

  • You can sponsor a whole box for £150

or

  • You can ‘share a box’ and pay £25 for part of a box.

 

Sponsors will each receive a beautiful lino cut gift card designed 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.

 

How to place your order

Just click the button below to place an order.  You can find payment details below.

 

 

Payment details

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

Account Name: Greening Steyning
Sort code: 08 92 99
Acct: 65432804
If you have difficulties with making online payments, or have any queries regarding your order, please email us at: biodiversity@greeningsteyning.org

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

 
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Owl photos from Unsplash.com courtesy of Andy Chilton, Dave Lowe, Bob Brewer, Jonathan Ridley, and Joshua Cotton.  Owl box picture from the Barn Owl Trust.

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