Mateo, from the Barn Owl Trust, brought Baley, a thirteen-year-old Barn Owl, to visit Acorn Class.
As well as acute vision, Mateo told us that Barn Owls, of any animal tested, have the most sensitive hearing, an attribute they put to good use as they sail on silent wings when hunting at dawn or dusk. Sadly, over recent years, the population of these wonderful birds has declined by at least 70%. The reasons for this decline are all man-made: loss of foraging habitat, site loss, road mortality, climate change and poisoning.
Mateo told us about the work the Barn Owl Trust undertakes to protect and conserve Barn Owls and their environment, which is achieved through practical conservation work and providing information, education, training and research.
Working closely with farmers and landowners, the Trust creates areas that benefit Barn Owls, providing the rough grassland habitat in which they can hunt for food and places where they can safely roost and nest.
After Mateo and Baley had left, we had great fun examining the pellets that owls regurgitate that contain all the undigested parts of their prey - the skin, fur and bones.
For more information about the Barn Owl Trust, visit its website.
(Please note that this links to an external site.)