Over 30 children, mums and dads participated in an Exmoor Taster at the Minehead EYE last week. Activities included mask making and the assembly of bird boxes and feeders with the Somerset Community Barn Owl Project as part of National Nest Box Week.
Molly Studley, Minehead EYE Centre Manager said: “We are delighted to be hosting the event. It has gone really well and a super partnership is developing with Heart of Exmoor.”
Jack Goddard (14), a volunteer helper with Heart of Exmoor said: “I enjoyed the day and it was really good helping with the barn owl boxes.”
David Rolls, Moorland Education and Outreach Worker for Heart of Exmoor said: “‘The ‘taster’ days have been very popular and we hope as many people as possible can come along to our events this year. I am really looking forward to the Big Adventure Day at Haddon Hill, near Brompton Regis, on Friday 13 April – it should a cracking day of all age fun and it is all free.”
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Heart of Exmoor
Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership launched a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme in 2011 that promotes moorland as the Heart of Exmoor.
The Heart of Exmoor scheme helps people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorland and supports those who take care of it. The fifteen projects invest half a million pounds to benefit the landscape and community. To find out more, please visit www.heartofexmoor.org.uk or call 01398 322164.
The Somerset Community Barn Owl Project
The Barn Owl
Very reliant on nest boxes, tree holes and barns for its breeding success, the Barn Owl is an animal whose success depends on humans, perhaps more closely than any other British bird. Barn Owls can sometimes be seen during the day, although are more likely to be seen hunting on the edges of night and day. Known as the ‘white owl’ their call is a screech, not a hoot. They are most often found on lowlands but can also live on quite high moorland areas.