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The pole is kiln dried and pres­sure treated with a Tanalith wood preser­va­tive – a com­bi­na­tion of cop­per and or­ganic bio­cide in­gre­di­ents. The treat­ment gives the tim­ber a 15-year ser­vice. The box it­self is con­structed from ex­te­ri­or­grade, FSC cer­ti­fied Euro­pean Birch ply­wood and is built to fol­low Barn Owl Trust spec­i­fi­ca­tions. It has latched open­ings on ei­ther side for ease of in­spec­tion and clean­ing out when nec­es­sary, with the en­trance hole at the top (help­ing to stop nestlings fall­ing out be­fore they are ready to fly) com­plete with an ex­er­cise plat­form that al­lows fledg­ing owlets to prac­tise us­ing their wings be­fore ac­tu­ally fly­ing. James has worked as a pro­fes­sional ecol­o­gist for eight years, and has been in­volved with the sur­vey, pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of much of the UK’S wildlife. He holds a Sched­ule 1 dis­tur­bance li­cence for Barn Owls cov­er­ing all coun­ties of Eng­land, and brings a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of Barn Owl ecol­ogy to his work. The team at Green­way have in­stalled a num­ber of new Barn Owl nest boxes as eco­log­i­cal mit­i­ga­tion for new res­i­den­tial and re­new­able de­vel­op­ments, and for con­ser­va­tion pur­poses, too. James said: “This nest box in­stal­la­tion was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to be di­rectly in­volved in lo­cal Barn Owl con­ser­va­tion.” All Malc and I need now are some owls! Fin­gers crossed. I’ll keep you posted.

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