While grants for equipment, tools and nest boxes are available to us; it’s running costs like motoring expenses which are the biggest burden to us as a group these are not available as conservation grants. We all know the price of Motor Tax, insurance and MOTs but it’s the petrol costs which hurt the most. My old 1984 G Wagen, like me has seen better days and uses a lot of fuel but replacing it would be expensive. With 170 boxes situated all over Rushcliffe Borough from Langar to Sutton Bonnington to get round and then extra visits to ring chicks and carry out repairs etc; the petrol costs are burgeoning and the more boxes occupied, the more it costs.
The group does raise some cash by attending shows, fetes and galas throughout the Borough and have also had donations from Parish Councils in the past.
In March, I had some solar panels fitted by Carbon Legacy Ltd who are based on the A606 at Hickling Pastures.
When I visited their premises to pay the bill, I left the Wagen on their forecourt. Their MD, David Hill saw it and came in to see me, enthusing about Barn Owls and after a brief conversation and a chat with his accountant, very kindly offered to sponsor the project. This welcome sponsorship will ensure the continued existance of the project and we are indebted to David and Carbon Legacy for their generosity.