Monthly Archives: November 2010

New Trust Group for Dorset

Launch on 26 November at Sparkford

Owl enthusiast Cherry Barlow is launching a new local group of the Hawk and Owl Trust in Dorset and South Somerset and hopes to galvanise fellow nature lovers in the area to join in the Trust’s conservation work and get together to improve their own knowledge and understanding.

Cherry (right), of Marnhull, North Dorset, hopes to attract members from her own county and South Somerset. The group will be launched at a special meeting in the Sparkford Inn, High Street, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JH on Friday 26 November 2010 at 7.30 pm.

Hawk and Owl Trust conservation officer Chris Sperring MBE will kick off the meeting with an illustrated talk about the work of the Trust.

Cherry, a keen Hawk and Owl Trust member, aims to involve people in the area in building, erecting and monitoring owl and kestrel nestboxes. She hopes to be able to attract youngsters to the delights of active conservation.

“We will visit local wood mills to collect timber that can be recycled into nestboxes,” she says. “Even if people aren’t very handy they should be able to glue and screw the boxes.”

She plans regular meetings at Sparkford on the third Thursday of the month during winter and a series of outdoor meetings and walks for the rest of the year.

Cherry became interested in natural history as a child.

“I was inspired by a flock of waxwings that visited our New Forest garden,” she recalls. “My parents were great friends with naturalists Oliver Kite and Peter Scott.”

Anyone interested in joining the new Hawk and Owl Trust Dorset and South Somerset group can contact Cherry on 01258 820754 or email