On their retirement in April 2002 Alan and Sylvia Williams decided to follow a lifelong dream and purchase with their savings 11 acres of unimproved grassland to create a nature reserve for the endangered species of Barn Owls.

Too long these beautiful and indigenous creatures have been forced out of their natural habitat as more and more barns are restored, traditional rough grassland has been reclaimed and farmed for our use, leaving these creatures with a homeless dilemma which leads to breeding problems and eventual extinction.

The Williams’ nature reserve gives these native birds a fighting chance.  The whole area is surrounded by ancient hedgerows of some fourteen bush/tree species and includes acres of unimproved grassland which has three marl pits on site, one of which had formed into a pond, vastly overgrown, which has now been cleared and extended.

During the creation 5,000 broad leaf trees of 24 different varieties have been planted, a half acre wetland/reed bed dug out, a natural larch tree log cabin installed, leaving in the centre of the reserve a two and a half acre wild flower meadow.

Wild flower meadows are another casualty of modern Britain but by using the cuttings from the Williams’ meadow, similar wild flower meadows can be created in open fields and restore one of the  great delights of the English countryside encouraging back not only barn owls, but other struggling indigenous birds, creatures and insects.

Over the last eleven years the Williams have worked tirelessly on behalf of endangered species and nurtured the reserve so well that it has become a haven for over 70 different varieties of birds, the most successful of which has been their much loved Barn Owl.

To care for these beautiful and gentle birds, the Williams have installed four barn owl boxes, but as barn owls are nocturnal birds, they are rarely seen, so to measure how well their reserve was functioning as a habitat and to create an insight into the lives and breeding habits of the barn owls, a colour camera was installed inside the breeding boxes and set to record bird activity.

Since the summer of 2005, Alan and Sylvia have been rewarded with beautiful, heart felt footage of 33 barn owl chicks being raised on the reserve, successfully fledging and dispersing into the natural countryside.

This inspiring footage uplifted the Williams to such an extent that they decided to create a DVD telling the story ‘in colour’ of the Life and Times of Barn Owl families.

Alan & Sylvia featured with Ellie Harrison on BBC Countryfile on 21/02/16, to show how their work on the reserve had helped the barn owls living in the Staffordshire countryside.

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This DVD is a ‘must have’ for any Barn Owl enthusiast, researcher or serious conservationist. How I wish it had been available when I first began my work in 1965. It answers so many questions and is an utter joy to watch - over and over again!

Tony Warburton MBE
Hon. President, World Owl Trust

Alan and Sylvia ask the British people to enter with them into a world where barn owls can breed happily with all their natural needs provided for. So sit back and witness the incredible journey of WILD barn owl families bonding and raising owlets through to fledging at some ten to eleven weeks old.

So Please Help Us Help Your Wild Life Population by Purchasing this Moving Barn Owl DVD, not only for the uplifting story, but also to help us carry on the maintenance of the habitat we have created.

Don’t sit back and let Barn Owls and other endangered species disappear from this country one by one.   Do something now and Help Us Help Them - Buy the DVD for only £15 including P&P  (one hour duration) - and Feel Good in the Knowledge that you have Contributed to the Continuation of Wild Life in this Beautiful Land.


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Or call 07899 953734

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Alan & Sylvia Williams have presented over 100 talks to many Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Civic Society, Natural History and other groups in the Midlands area.

The two talks entitled "Living with Nature" and "Living with Barn Owls in the Wild" are all based on the development and success stories at Tean Valley Nature Reserve in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside.

The evening normally consists of an opening introductory talk followed by narrated video footage and a question and answer session.

What our clients say:

“Thank you for showing us the wonderful film on 'Living with Nature', with Alan's commentary matching every picture. The work, time and effort you have both put in is amazing and so worth it. Your enthusiasm showed that you enjoy what you do and long may you continue.” 18/10/16


“Thank you both for coming over to Lichfield and giving us a fascinating talk on the development of Tean Valley Meadow nature reserve. We admire the effort and work you have put in to create the reserve. The wildlife you have attracted and recorded on your film is fantastic. ” 11/05/16


Our fee is £50.00 plus travelling expenses of 45p/mile.

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