Events & Educational TalksAs part of our conservation initiative we offer informative and entertaining talks to schools, youth groups and adult groups, as well as attendance at community events. We are based in Aylesbury, but can arrange visits anywhere within Buckinghamshire.
What You GetOur volunteers can come to your event, with our display stands, a selection of nest boxes, pellets and other paraphernalia. They will then be on hand throughout your event to explain what we do and to discuss with your visitors how they can get involved.
Subject to availability, and the location of your event, George, our “volunteer” barn owl will also be in attendance. He will be in his specially-designed travel box, tethered on a falconry perch, or “on the glove” throughout the session giving your visitors the opportunity to see a real owl up close.
We can tailor our attendance to suit the type of event, whether that is an all-day appearance at the County Show, several hours at a Village Fête or indeed any other event. Costs are calculated taking into account travel and time spent at your event.
Talks for Schools, Youth Groups & Adult GroupsOur talks aim to provide a basic description of the owls and raptors we work with, giving particular emphasis to barn owls. We will discuss the habitat, status and conservation of each species, how pellet dissection helps us to monitor their health and the role BORG plays in their welfare. We will also explain what the public and landowners can do to help conserve these beautiful birds.
Each talk will, when possible, include an appearance by George, our “volunteer” barn owl. He will be in his specially designed travel box, tethered, or “on the glove”, throughout the session giving you the opportunity to see a real owl up close.
We can adapt the session to suit almost any age group and for a session lasting approximately 90 mins, including time allowed for questions, we usually charge £50.
Pellet DissectionWe are in the early stages of developing pellet dissection workshops.
It is hoped that we will be able to offer short sessions during which you will be given tuition on how to dissect and analyse a pellet. This will give you an insight into the food being eaten by the “owner” of the pellet in question. During the session we will use a variety of pellets including those from some or all of barn owls, tawny owls, little owls and kestrels.
Following each session we would provide you with a photograph of your “work” and a list of the contents found in each pellet dissected and when possible a mounted display of the pellet contents.
Costs for a session (usually 2 hours and a maximum of 20 participants) will start at £50. Availability and content of such sessions will, of course, depend on the availability of pellets.