DORSET Wildlife Trust (DWT) is launching an urgent appeal to provide help for threatened barn owls in the county, after numbers have plummeted following their worst breeding season for 30 years.

DWT is hoping to raise £27,000 to give the species a fighting chance to survive.

You can watch the trust’s breeding pair of barn owls at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, at

To donate, go to www.dorsetwildlife or send a cheque/postal order/CAF charity voucher, made payable to Dorset Wildlife Trust. You can also text HOOT44 followed by the amount you want to give (£...), to 70070.