Aim of the project The Carlisle ‘Owls in the Community’ project is underway with the aim of providing suitable nest boxes in and around the parks and green-spaces of Carlisle. The project is being run in partnership with the Carlisle City Council, with funding from the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust. Funding has also been received for educational purposes from the Hadfield Trust and the Tourism and Conservation Partnership. The project also aims to raise awareness of owls and the species people can see, and more likely hear in their local area.
The owl is an important indicator species to determine the health of a local landscape. The presence of owls can show us if there are sufficient small mammals, invertebrates, bats and amphibians, which in turn indicates either an abundance or lack of suitable habitat for this prey to survive.
With the kind permission of Carlisle City Council, a small area of Rickerby Park, is to be managed for the benefit of small mammals such as the Short-tailed Vole. This is the main prey species, particularly of the Barn Owl and they can be found in areas of tussocky grassland. This will be used as an education tool for the public with an interpretation board to explain what we hope to achieve.
Local links We are very keen to get local people involved from schools, along with adult and community groups alike. This will be done through talks, workshops and public events. Twenty nest boxes have now been made and are ready to be put up in Carlisle. Included in these 20, some of which have been made by school children, are 8 Little Owl boxes which have been made by Denton Woodcraft. A Carlisle based social care group for adults with learning disabilities, run by the County Councils adult and cultural services.
The public awareness of the project has been heightened recently with the delivery of many school workshops, newspaper articles and the promotion done on the project at the local Carlisle
and Boarders spring show.
Eight schools in total have received an owl workshop within their school. These would consist of a talk with an owl given by the WOT Conservation officer. The children would then take part in an activity such as pellet dissection, owl mask making or nest box making depending on the age group. Click on the link to view pictures from a workshop at Armathwaite Community school.
We have worked with a range of ages from 3 – 15 and all have responded positively about the project.
If you would like to find out more or get involved with the project, please contact the Conservation Officer at the World Owl Trust.
WORLD OWL TRUST
The Owl Centre
Cumbria. CA18 1RQ
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Telephone: (+44) (0)1229 717393
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