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Bird Watching (UK) - - Garden Birds -

If you are lucky enough to have a suit­able build­ing or tree to mount an owl box on, then you can buy a pur­pose-built owl nest box from the Barn Owl Trust for £65 (to go in a build­ing) or £160 (for a tree). If not, then you have to fac­tor in the cost in­volved in mount­ing your box on top of a tele­graph pole, en­sur­ing it’s in the right place to at­tract owls and faces away from pre­vail­ing winds. To do it our­selves we needed ma­chin­ery, tools, long lad­ders and lots of brawn – none of which we had. It was look­ing like that we’d need deep pock­ets to pay for some­one to come and do it for us. We didn’t have these, ei­ther. En­quiries about pos­si­ble grants for the project led to noth­ing. We’d have to fund it our­selves. On top of that, af­ter all our re­search via Barn Owl web­sites – and a good deal of pon­der­ing – it was the mid­dle of Jan­uary 2016, by now. We fig­ured we had to get the box up by sec­ond week of Fe­bru­ary to give the owls plenty of op­por­tu­nity to scope it out and, hope­fully, use it this year. The Suf­folk Wildlife Trust web­site at suf­folk­wildlifetrust.org has a di­rec­tory of peo­ple who will sup­ply and in­stall owl boxes. I searched on­line and found Green­way Eco­log­i­cal in Wick­le­wood, Nor­folk, who could do the job.

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