I thought I’d introduce myself and make a request regarding membership.
My name is Mike Ring and I have taken the baton from Helen Holyoak, who is taking a well-earned rest.
Before I was asked to create the Web Site, I knew nothing about birds let alone Barn Owls. Since our recent 3 Chicks hatched, I have become hocked and watch them all the time. So when it was muted that Helen wished to retire the post, I thought it was something I could do to help with the Trust.
I would also invite all those who have Subscribed for ‘News Updates’, via the Web Site, to consider becoming a Full Member. Just send an email to me and I’ll send you the necessary paperwork. Also, we have a WhatsApp Chat group which you can be included in if you send me your Mobile Phone Number.
Exciting News: Funding has been sourced and as soon as our 3 Chicks have fledged, from Wirral Country Park, we will be moving in to replace the Video Camara for a higher resolution system, incorporating sound. This should enhance the whole viewing experience.
We are also planning to move into the 21st Century with an on-line Donations button and a Membership Payment Button
Become a Full Member and get more involved, thus helping to fund the work. Annual Membership is only £12.00 or £20.00 for a couple, living at the same address, that’s not a lot but is a big help to the Trust.
Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control (COVID -19) as of immediate effect the mail address for Wirral Barn Owl Trust is as follows:
WIRRAL BARN OWL TRUST
Whitfield Business Hub
184 – 200 Pensby Road
If you have written to us since March 2020 the likelihood is that we have not received your letter and it may well have been returned to you by Royal Mail.
We have only just become aware of this problem and have taken immediate steps to arrange a change of address, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and would ask that you re-send any post to us at the above address.
Following the heavy thunderstorms our three adolescent Barn Owls were missing from the nest box for several days, and we feared the worst considering the weather conditions. However one returned and then a couple of days later the other two returned apparently unscathed, as their confidence grows, they now spend longer periods away from the nest box returning occasionally.
When they do fully fledge, it will give us an opportunity to enter the site and carry out necessary maintenance work including an upgrade of the camera system with the support of The Nest Box. We hope that next season we will be able to bring you better images and sound, so fingers crossed that the adults return.
The cost of streaming these images is not cheap and we are extremely grateful to the Wirral together Fund and West Kirby and Thurstaston Councillors Jeff Green and Jenny Johnson who have agreed to give us a grant which will pay for the streaming costs next year.
We have also been busy sourcing a new design barn owl nest box from our friends at the Barn Owl Centre in Gloucester, www.barnowl.co.uk the new box is made from ECO Stokbord which is a specialised recycled plastic material. We have taken possession of our first ECO Barn Owl nest box and we will let you know how we get on.