Company provides nesting boxes

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A CONSTRUCTION company has joined forces with Suffolk Wildlife Trust to boost a campaign to bring barn owls back to the county.

Barnes Construction, which is well known for its owl logo, is providing 10 nesting boxes to help the Trust continue its project to encourage the birds to nest in Suffolk.

One of the boxes will contain a webcam to provide live streaming of the birds in the spring.

The Trust launched a project six years ago with the Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group to install 90 barn owl nest boxes. They have now erected more than 600.

When the scheme started, there was between 100 to 125 pairs of barn owls in the county.

Last year, monitoring found that 317 of the boxes were occupied by the birds.

As well as installing boxes, the Trust has advised landowners how to manage their land to attract barn owls.

William Barnes, chairman of Barnes Group, said: “This project is very close to our hearts as the owl is an intrinsic part of our branding.”

Michael Strand, community fund-raising manager for the Trust, added: “We’re extremely grateful to Barnes for their support of this important work.”