In recent weeks our owlet have had a lot of love and attention from our online communities. Their photo has been shared on our national and regional accounts and helps to highlight some of the work we do that isn’t seen.
Here’s more info from our press office..
FIVE BARN OWL chicks were snapped by a National Trust volunteer during a recent survey in the Warwickshire parkland where William Shakespeare was supposedly caught poaching deer.
It is believed that the brood of two female and three male chicks were between 41 and 53 days old when they were checked earlier this autumn by volunteers from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) at Charlecote Park, near Stratford-upon-Avon.
This year we are fundraising to enable us to carry out tree work to our historic Lime Avenue. Many visitors are helping us reach our goal by purchasing a raffle ticket when they visit Charlecote.
But what exactly are we looking to do…
Our ancient Evergreen Lime trees – totalling 133! – are badly in need of tree work.
There are considerable weak branches and at the moment the avenue is closed to the public. The work will involve a specialist tree surgeon taking out the dead wood, pruning, branch reduction and reducing the height.
We are planning to undertake this work in the months between April to September 2016 – whilst avoiding key nesting seasons for our resident birds and our other wildlife. This will cost in the region of £25,000 so every raffle ticket sale help!
2016 is a special anniversary year for two people we are particularly fond of…
William Shakespeare – who died 400 years ago. Quite a local celeb and, as I am sure you are aware, reputed to be a bit of a law breaker in his youth…
But the other chap, a fine Georgian fellow, is Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. He was born in Northumberland 300 years ago. Name sound familiar? Here is a little introduction…
‘Capability’ Brown played a role in landscaping the park here at Charlecote. His influence can still be seen in the parkland when you visit.
Since appearing on BBC Countryfile earlier this year, ranger Adam has been wanting to get back on camera. Here he is in a short video talking about the deer rut at Charlecote…
Oh and you’ll note Adam calls the deer ‘bucks and does’ – not stags and hinds – make sure you get it right! He also explains a little more about why there are areas of the park that are closed at this time of year.