Thank you for visiting our website. We are a small local conservation charity (Registered Charity No. 1093893) and our aim is to encourage a viable population of wild Barn Owls on the Wirral peninsula.
We want to tell you something about these beautiful birds; why they are under threat and what we are doing to help them. You can help in so many ways - you can become involved as much or as little as you wish, but most of all we value your support for what we are trying to achieve.
The pale and ghostly form of a Barn Owl floating over the fields used to be a common site on the Wirral peninsula. Two major surveys - one in 1932, the other in 1985 - showed that the population declined in Cheshire and Wirral by 85% in the intervening years. We are working hard to reverse that decline and have had considerable success but the situation is still precarious and we need lots of help!
The main reasons for the decline are loss of rough grassland habitat, which is home to prey species such as voles and mice, and the loss of nesting and roosting sites in old farm buildings: many of these have been converted into homes or replaced by modern agricultural buildings which are unsuitable.
When the (then called) Wirral & Ellesmere Port Barn Owl Group was first set up in 1999 there was only one pair of breeding Barn Owls known on the Wirral peninsula, from the North Wirral shore right down to the Shropshire Union Canal near Chester. Go to the next page for news of what is going on.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place at:
7.30pm on Thursday 26th May 2016
Bebington Suite, Bebington Civic Centre, Civic Way, Wirral, CH63 7PN (see Directions page for details of how to get there).
SPEAKER: Steve Harris "Barn Owls and Conservation"
The Guest Speaker we had planned for our May meeting, Matt Thomas, has had to change his schedule and cannot now be with us on 26th. Instead, our Chairman, Steve Harris, will give a slide presentation on Barn Owls and the work of Wirral Barn Owl Trust.
Please come along and join us - this is a great opportunity to find out more about Barn Owls and exactly what we have been doing to help them achieve a viable breeding population on the Wirral peninsula.
Refreshments, raffle and news update.
Non-members are very welcome to join at the meeting and will be refunded their entrance fee.