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Two new nest boxes for barn owls

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 10:53 UK time, Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The Forestry Commission and the RSPB have linked up to give barn owls in Wales a hand (wing?).


With the species in decline across the UK for the last 15 years, due to the reduction of suitable derelict buildings for nesting, it is hoped that two new boxes will give the owls a boost.

Forestry Commission Wales-managed sites at Lake Vyrnwy and Breidden Hill (near Llandrinio) were identified in consultation with the RSPB, and the special nestboxes were constructed by volunteers.

Mike Whitley of the Forestry Commission Wales told the Western Mail,"Barn owls will use woodland edges and other clearings in and around woodlands to hunt for their prey and we've had sightings of barn owls at both Lake Vyrnwy and Breidden Hill.

"We hope that, by providing additional nesting opportunities, these new boxes will help conserve these wonderful birds."


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