Redundant pole gives owls a home
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