Re­dun­dant pole gives owls a home

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Barn owls could soon be swoop­ing down to a new home at a school af­ter an elec­tric­ity pole was con­verted into a bird box.

The en­dan­gered birds are be­ing en­cour­aged to make nests in the grounds of The Wyvern School in Chart Road, which caters for chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

When field engi­neer Rick Brooks was tasked to re­move a re­dun­dant pole from the play­ing field he cut the pole down to 15ft and at­tached a box, made by The school’s elec­tri­cal crafts­man Paul Bee­den, to the top.

Rick said: “There was no point tak­ing some­thing away that we could leave in place to ben­e­fit wildlife and chil­dren.”

School site man­ager Jim Keefe said: “The kids are very ex­cited about the new owl box and were check­ing it ev­ery day to see if the owls were in res­i­dence.”

Ian Rickards, Ash­ford area war­den for Kent Wildlife Trust, said: “Num­bers have de­clined due to the loss of build­ings for nest­ing, loss of rough grass­land habi­tats for hunt­ing and the use of pes­ti­cides. We would en­cour­age oth­ers to also pro­vide al­ter­na­tive homes for these iconic birds.”

Pick­les the barn owl

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