Barn Owl Nest Box Network

Photo by Peter Gill

2023 Barn Owl Box Sponsorship £10 per box is now open

If you would like to support our barn owl conservation work by sponsoring a barn owl box in 2023. Please use the donate button at the bottom of the page and pay by PayPal or card.

New sponsors are allocated boxes sequentially.  Existing sponsors may opt to retain their current box(es) if they provide the box numbers in the “special instructions to seller” section. You will receive a confirmation email giving information of on the general location of your box.  During the season you will receive email updates on whether barn owls (or other species) have used the box and if barn owls are present; whether they go on to breed and their breeding success.  You will also find out what was in other boxes checked the same day. Photos will be provided if possible.  Please be aware that your box might not have an owl. The funds raised will be used to help towards the costs of monitoring the boxes and replacement of old or damaged boxes.

Important: You must include Barn Owl Box in the “Add special instructions to the seller” section so we can link your payment to the sponsorship scheme.  If you want to keep your existing box number(s) please add the box number(s)s in this section.

It costs about £3500 per annum to support the work of our volunteers who manage and monitor the barn owl nest box network. We also provide and monitor boxes for tawny and little owls.  Costs are incurred in travel to check boxes, rings for owlets and making and installing new and replacement boxes.  If you would like to donate towards our owl conservation work, please use the donate button below.

Important: You must include Barn Owl Donation in the “Add special instructions to the seller” so we can link your payment to the barn owl project.

To sponsor a barn owl box in 2023 use the donate button below and pay by PayPal or credit card.

Donate towards our owl conservation work

We are making sure that barn owls are around for future generations by working in collaboration with landowners and experienced owl workers to create a regional network of specially designed owl nest boxes to help boost barn owl breeding success.

Barn owl numbers have suffered through the loss of traditional nesting sites in old farm buildings and large hedgerow trees. However, they will take readily to specially designed and expertly sited wooden nest boxes enabling us to use this simple conservation tool to increase the breeding habitat of the barn owl.

In 2019 we started a project to create a network of landowners and nest boxes across East Cleveland and the wider Tees Valley to make a difference to barn owls on a regional scale.  Over two hundred boxes have been erected so far.

Every year our licensed barn owl volunteers monitor the boxes for breeding activity, breeding success and to ring any owlets as part of wider population studies.  New boxes are erected and dilapidated boxes replaced.

To pay using other methods please email [email protected]

If you are a landowner interested in hosting a barn owl box please get in touch via [email protected]

Barn Owl Calendars 2023

Be quick, there are only a few left! Purchase our barn owl calendar at half price and support our owl conservation work using the donate button at the bottom of the page and pay by PayPal or card.  Each month has a stunning barn owl photograph by Skelton wildlife photographer Peter Gill.  Calendars are now only £4.50 reduced from £7.00 (£2.50 plus £2.00 postage reduced from £5.00 plus £2.00 postage) by online order. Calendars are also available for cash (now only £2.50 reduced from £5.00) and in person collection from our office in Margrove Park.

We are grateful to Peter Gill for the use of his images and funding support from Redcar and Cleveland Council and the Skelton Elected Member Ward Allocation.

Important:  Please include barn owl calendar in the “Add special instructions to the seller” section so we can link your payment to the calendar scheme.