Enthusiastic volunteers in North Somerset laid on a hugely successful event in February entitled ‘Wildlife on your Doorstep’. Aimed at spreading the Trust’s conservation message the day involved guided woodland walks, nest box building, owl pellet dissection and displays, along with two captive-bred owls; Ozzy the Boobook Owl and Otus the Long-eared Owl.
Trust Conservation Officer, Chris Sperring, helped the 12 volunteers from the North Somerset Local Group to engage the 100 attendees and explain some of the Trust’s local conservation initiatives, including Kestrel Highways and the Somerset Community Barn Owl Project. Visitors were also able to see the brand new barn owl pole box which was erected the previous day on the site in response to a barn owl having been regularly seen in the area.
North Somerset Group Chairman, Keith Lapham, said
“We were extremely lucky to have lovely weather on the day, and the venue of Jacklands Fishing Lakes was a huge hit with visitors. We are extremely grateful to the owners, Andrew and Caroline Eastwood, who kindly allowed us to use the site free of charge, and enabled us to create this wonderful free event. The Café served locally produced food, and through a book stall and donations we raised an impressive £100 for the Hawk and Owl Trust.”
Conservation Officer, Chris Sperring, said
“This was a very successful and enjoyable event which everyone felt was a brilliant way to promote the Trust and in particular the activities of the local group. We hope it will be the first of many!”