Photo of head of male white breasted barn owl.
Do you believe in ghosts? Picture this. It’s a clear night and you are walking home along a country lane with no streetlights or cars. There’s no one else around. It’s spooky. Your route takes you past a church and graveyard. Suddenly, out of the corner of your eye, you think you see a white shape floating above the ground. You dare to look towards it and it disappears. You tell yourself you are imagining things and walk a few more steps. Then the ghostly white shape reappears! It is definitely real, it hovers above the ground, it appears to be flying and then it turns towards you!! Two black eyes are looking straight at you, they seem to be looking into your very soul! GULP! The ghostly shape dives to the ground and then flies up and away. An ear-piercing scream fills the air. You run the fastest you have run in your life. You crash into your house, lock the door and hide. WHAT WAS THAT!

Do you believe in ghosts? Over the centuries, many people have told tales of haunted graveyards and ghostly shapes flying in the dead of night. They say the ghost has two staring black eyes. It shrieks and screams like a banshee but it moves silently. It MUST be a ghost!

Maybe it is but what if it’s one of these!

A white breasted barn owl is most likely to hunt at night. It flies silently, the underside of its wings are white. It has two staring black eyes. When it finds prey, it hovers and then drops to the ground to capture its dinner. Barns owls do not hoot, they do shriek – very loudly. Although their name suggests they would live in barns, they do like church towers – high off the ground, away from predators and they can bring up their young undisturbed.

A reasonable explanation for ghostly goings on? We’d like to think so.

But then, maybe we’re wrong………………Happy Halloween!

view of two owl aviaries. Wooden construction with mesh. Grassed area with flowering shrubs
Owls sit still most of the time. Not so their human carers. For us, life is never dull and always busy.

Our amazing collection of birds of prey has been growing rapidly. It now includes 45 owls, ranging from European Eagle owls to South American Pygmy owls, Harris Hawks, a Tawny Frogmouth and, of course, Sheila our very noisy Kookaburra loved by everyone for her crazy ‘laugh’ !

As you can imagine, housing everyone presents a challenge! We built additional aviaries.

But last winter an unexpected solution was also found by two of our owls! An interconnecting door between their two aviaries blew open during a storm one night. Next morning, we found the two cosied up together in one aviary. We left the repaired door open in case they preferred the single life but they decided sharing was the way to go and so we have left them together.

At the same time as this happened, we were asked to provide a home for a Barn owl. He took up residence in the vacant aviary and settled in well. Maybe we should allow the owls to decide their own living arrangements in future!

Our work rehabilitating injured wild birds continues. Owls, buzzards, sparrowhawks and even a duck have all been brought to us for some TLC and maybe a visit to our vet to be checked over. Sadly, not all our ‘patients’ survive but the vast majority, once recovered, are released back into the wild in the area where they were found.

We are, of course, always grateful for your continuing support by way of donations and adoptions. ( This year we were also very lucky to receive a generous sum from the Local Community Fund of the Co-operative Group which will enable us to start work on some exciting projects. We were even luckier to learn that we will continue to benefit from this Fund.

In addition we are also supported by Zimbolics. They are a company who offer a range of bird and wildlife sculptures made from recycled and reclaimed metal. A donation is made to the Owls Trust for every one of their owl sculptures sold.

For those of you not able to visit us, it is hard to visualise exactly what the sanctuary looks like. Here’s a couple of photos of where our owls live

And we’re not sure that they appreciate the amazing view they have from their aviaries! We certainly do!


These owls were bred in 2004 in the Dominican Republic at Zoodom the only Zoo in the DR. The Ashy Faced Owl is only found in Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic and Haiti. No where else on earth……..!!
The Owls Trust has been asked, because of our work to save the Ashy Faced Owl in the DR, to look ater Zoodom for a whole month whilst the Zoo Director cannot be there.
Owls in the DR are beaten to death (Voodo) and those found in Haiti are eaten. This is an island owl. It has no where to escape to.
The government of the Dominican Republic (Zoodom) has offered us 15 days in a safe hotel. We need more………!!
We have asked STEVEN FISHER the Brithish Ambassador for the Dominican Republic and Haiti to help us. He is leaving his post in October but he tells us he cannot help……….despite the fact he hosted the only owl as a guest of honour at a British Embassy at the Residence last year………!! Her name was “ANNA” rhe Ashy Faced Owl.
If we do not take some of the owls away from Hispaniloa…….this will be another owl specie that is lost forever. But we could save it…!! The Dominican Republic Owl Conservatopn Project has been a part of the Owls Trust for many years.
it is very scary in the DR……..the Haitians condider them to be fair game. The Dominican Republic Government have given us 15 days somewhere safe. Steven Fisher, our UK Ambassador has chosen not to help us.

What do you guys think we should do……….??

(1) North Wales Bird Trust

It is called PIP (Squeak) and will be 10 weeks old on Thursday when he will have his final vacinations. His first public outing will be at the weekend at Bodafon Farm Park to meet his owls. (Almost all of whom are bigger than he is at the moment..!!)
“007”……..our renagade Eagle Owl flew away with a wild rabbit at the Farm today. He didn’t catch it, one of the farm dogs did. But “007” took the advantage………and a great meal…..!!
If you have the time do come and see us at Bodafon. We have great Owls, daft dogs and we enjoy every minute…..! Or join the fun by adopting one of our “inmates”.

North Wales Bird Trust's photo.
North Wales Bird Trust's photo.
North Wales Bird Trust

Nonsense….we were very privilged to introduce our owls to her.
Try doing a “bow” when you’re holding an owl……impossible…..!!
She was very interested in our Long Eared Owl.”Huw”. She has heard them on occasions at Balmoral but had never seen one.
“Huw” was very impressed….! Nope..we were very impressed.
All of us at the Owls Trust are royalists now. She really is extraordinay…!!