The Barn Owl Trust has started a national campaign to control rat poisons, which are killing birds leading to a serious decline in their numbers. The owls are eating mice and voles which have been contaminated, which in turn leads to a slow and painful death for the birds too.
The RSPCA is having to look after double the number of tawny owls it usually has to deal with. The charity's national wildlife centre at West Hatch near Taunton is nursing them back to health ready for release.
Two baby burrowing owls are being hand reared at Longleat in Wiltshire. Keeper Jimmy Robinson takes the owlets home with him in the evenings and has to be with them 24 hours a day. They've taken to sitting in teacups in his kitchen.