Wednesday, 29 January 2014

New homes for birds

It has been a busy few weeks since I put up a blog with a lot of office based work towards a new strategy for the project. But I have managed to get out for some practical work. On this joint operation with Witney Town Council staff and the Wychwood Barn Owl group we put up a barn owl box in the Windrush cemetery on Oxford Hill, Witney. The pole was supplied by SSE and  installed by  Witney Town Council.
Pat, Ian and Arthur install and monitor barn owl boxes all over the area. They said this would be a good site with the fields around the cemetery providing good habitat for owls. Other boxes nearby may well supply young owls looking for their own nesting sites in years to come.
Thanks to John and his team there was some skillful work manoeuvering a very heavy and awkward load  then digging the post hole with a rotary attachment on the mini digger.                                                                                                                                                                                      All it needs now is for local owls to move in before the jackdaws find it.
Boxes for the smaller birds like blue tits were also put up in the hedges around the site.

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