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Dorset's Barn Owls need your help!

Target: £20000.00
Raised So Far: £14449.00

Why we need your help:

In 2016 we were devastated that no barn owl pairs took up residence in the barn owl box at Lorton Meadows nature reserve; echoing the concern nationally of falling barn owl populations. 

A survey in the 1990s found there were only 4,000 pairs of these beautiful birds left in the UK - where once there were an estimated 12,000. Loss of habitat, low prey availability and a lack of suitable roosting sites have all contributed to the plight of the barn owl.

Don't let the barn owl become a thing of the past!

At Dorset Wildlife Trust we are working hard to manage and restore these rich habitats at our Lorton Meadows nature reserve. This is where we need your help; we urgently need to raise £20,000 to continue our vital work on barn owl habitats. With your help today; we will be working on improving feeding and breeding opportunities, by creating and restoring, the right habitat for our much-loved and threatened barn owls to thrive.

Over the next year we are planning to:

  • Provide improved foraging habitat for barn owls to feed.
  • Clear overgrown scrub in meadows closest to the barn where our barn owls live.
  • Regularly monitor barn owl populations and work to create the right habitat for them.
  • Deliver education days for young people through schools and local communities to understand the habitats this species and its prey need to survive.
  • Hold volunteer conservation days to assist with habitat management.
  • Manage hedgerows to provide essential food and shelter for wildlife.
  • Erect fencing in to extend the area of grassland that is grazed, increasing the quality of the foraging available to barn owls.

Your donation can make a real difference:

  • £10 would pay for 1m of fencing to be erected for our cattle to graze safely, improving grassland and foraging for barn owls.
  • £20 will restore 100 square metres of grassland and hunting habitat to feed our barn owl family and future generations.
  • £30 will pay for a pair of loppers for a volunteer to help with vital habitat management.
  • £50 will enable us to trim 15m of hedge, where the voles, mice and other small prey live.
  • £100 will cover the cost of an educational visit for a local primary school.  It is important that we are able to offer visitors the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the special landscape and the wealth of wildlife that makes this reserve such an important and special place for our barn owls.
  • £300 will cover the cost of clearing encroaching scrub in a meadow for the day.

Together we can make a real difference to the survival of this iconic species.

A donation receipt will be sent to you by email once your donation has been processed, and we can guarantee that 100% of your gift will go directly towards our work on barn owl habitats at Lorton Meadows nature reserve.

Thank you for your support!

Leo Henley Lock,Reserves Manager South & East Dorset

Samantha Dallimore,Community Conservation Officer, Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve


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Raised online:£1305.00
Raised offline:£13144.00
Total giftaid:£278.75

Anonymous donation 31/Aug/2018

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 13/Jul/2018

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 05/Jun/2018


Thank you for the amazing work you do in protecting these precious creatures!!

Donated by Dawn 31/May/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Every confidence you are making the right decisions for the owls, fully supporting you.

Donated by Chris 30/May/2018


such truly vital work

Anonymous donation 14/May/2018


Anonymous donation 03/May/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 22/Apr/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with the work

Anonymous donation 11/Apr/2018

Ian Woosey, Lancashire

Hope the Barn Owls do well this year, and I hope to visit Lorton Meadows some day.

Donated by Ian Woosey, Lancashire 09/Apr/2018

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Pleased to help these delightful birds

Donated by Alys 04/Apr/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

To support the webcam project

Anonymous donation 04/Apr/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 24/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

happy birthday Rachel

Donated by DAVID COOKE 23/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid
Paul Williams Photography

I meant to pay £20 so here's the other tenner. Roll on the 0330 starts come April :)

Donated by Paul Williams Photography 22/Mar/2018

Paul Williams Photography

After spending most of last spring filming the Lorton Five the very least I can do is donate.

Donated by Paul Williams Photography 22/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 18/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid
Jim and Lynda

Despite living in Glasgow we are both members of DWT - good luck

Donated by Jim and Lynda 18/Mar/2018

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck

Donated by Richard 17/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

They are great, barn owls....

Donated by Laura 16/Mar/2018


Anonymous donation 15/Mar/2018

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Leigh Richardson

Good luck in reaching the target needed...

Donated by Leigh Richardson 14/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Hoping for a successful breeding year for Lorton Meadows' barn owls in 2018

Anonymous donation 14/Mar/2018

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 13/Mar/2018


Anonymous donation 12/Mar/2018

Rosita and Sparkie Clarke

WE are alarmed to hear that the pair has not been seen in this seeming good habitat for a couple of years

Donated by Rosita and Sparkie Clarke 12/Mar/2018

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 12/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid
lsbarn ow

its a hoot to help

Donated by lsbarn ow 12/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Barn Owls need all our help - to see one is a magical experience

Anonymous donation 11/Mar/2018

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 10/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 10/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 08/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

We must all contribute to save our wildlife, this is for the beautiful Barn Owls

Donated by LINDA 08/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

Anonymous donation 08/Mar/2018

£5.00 + £1.25 Gift Aid
Barn Owls Help

Hope this helps on the fundraising!

Donated by Barn Owls Help 08/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

barn owls are brilliant

Donated by david 07/Mar/2018


Anonymous donation 07/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid
Rachael Shefford

Donated by Rachael Shefford 07/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid
carol townley

we cannot lose our barn owls!

Donated by carol townley 07/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid
Colin Bass

Tracy Scammell helped us with our Wills recently, and (although she did not ask for it) I promised her I would make a donation to DWT when a suitable opportunity arose. If possible I would prefer my contribution to be spent on improving grassland or hedgerows, please.

Donated by Colin Bass 07/Mar/2018

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid

Donated by Paul 07/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

A chance to help save Barn Owls, how could I not donate

Donated by CShell 07/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid
Ruthie P

Let's save barn owls now

Donated by Ruthie P 07/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

We cannot let these wonderful birds disappear!

Donated by Vic 07/Mar/2018

£100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid
Christine Simps

Such wonderful birds we must save them

Donated by Christine Simps 07/Mar/2018

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid
Emma Parsons

Thank you for helping these wonderful creatures

Donated by Emma Parsons 07/Mar/2018

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

Barn owls are brilliant!

Anonymous donation 16/Feb/2018

£50.00 + £12.50 Gift Aid
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