Young Rangers January 2011

Sunday 20th February 2011

Young Rangers with Completed Barn Owl Boxes

Young Rangers with Barn Owl Boxes

Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers – First session of 2011

The first session of 2011 for the Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers on Saturday 8th January combined a practical session making barn owl boxes and a chance to explore the solar system from Charterhouse Centre’s observatory.

The barn owl boxes

were made as part of the Mendip Hills Barn Owl Conservation Project run by the Hawk and Owl Trust with the aim of halting the decline in numbers of barn owls.

Chris Sperring, Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust explained how the project is gathering information on barn owl sites and creating habitats and artificial nest sites. The Young Rangers made 15 barn owl nest boxes that will be used to create new nest sites.

Next month’s activity for the Young Rangers will be a barn owl feeding survey to gather information for the project.

The dark skies of the Mendip Hills AONB

– away from the affects of street light pollution – are ideal for stargazing.  The astronomy session began with an illustrated talk by Chris on what to expect to see in the January night sky.  This was followed by a demonstration of how the observatory and telescope operate.