The S.O.S. “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK” Appeal

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SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to enable us to develop and maintain the wild owl nest box scheme we run in conjunction with volunteers from the Thornham Owl Project.

With Britain’s owl numbers in decline, our work in providing, siting, erecting and maintaining nest boxes in the remote areas of the countryside favoured by wild owls is vital to ensuring the conservation of the region’s native species. Critical to this work is a 4x4 off-road vehicle, which enables us to reach remote areas to install, maintain & monitor nest boxes for various species including Little Owls, Tawny Owls and the iconic Barn Owl.

Sadly our old, well-used off-road vehicle, affectionately known as Hilda, is no longer fit for purpose, so we are urgently appealing for sponsorship and donations to allow us to purchase a new off-roader.

Here’s what Steve, one of our falconers with hands-on experience of the nest box scheme, says: 

‘Two out of the five native species of UK owl are amber listed for conservation importance, meaning they are in population decline. Part of the reason for this is the lack of nesting sites due to the demolition of old barns and outbuildings, the loss of connected habitat and the depletion of old, hollow trees lost to elm disease. 

‘All of the sites that I have visited are tucked away out of sight, usually well off the beaten track and some distance from tarmacked roads.  It's often difficult to reach some of the nest boxes, especially when it's wet! A serviceable 4x4 will enable us to site new nest boxes and maintain our existing network of 290+ throughout the region.

‘As a registered charity we rely on donations from visitors and supporters so we are appealing to all wildlife lovers to give anything you can to help us continue this vital work supporting the conservation of these beautiful birds.’ 

To donate please click on the button bellow, call 03456 807 897 / Option 2 or send a postal donation to The Trustees, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT.

Find out more about the East Anglia Nest Box Scheme HERE