Tower will help owl population increase

Pupils from Peterborough Regional College have helped create an owl tower at Meadow Drove, Bourne, with the assistance of conservationist Bob Sheppard
Pupils from Peterborough Regional College have helped create an owl tower at Meadow Drove, Bourne, with the assistance of conservationist Bob Sheppard
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A new tower has been built to house owls thanks to the efforts of The Len Pick Trust, a group of students and a conservationist.

The tower was unveiled on Friday last week off Meadow Drove, Bourne, and provides a home for barn owls, as well as other wildlife including birds, bats and insects.

Bourne charity The Len Pick Trust owns the field where the tower was situated and had to demolish a barn there for safety reasons.

The barn was home to an owl and the trust wanted to mitigate the loss of its home.

The trust approached Bob Sheppard, who lives in Bourne and is the Lincolnshire adviser for the Barn Owl Conservation Network, for his help and students from the learner engagement course and the bricklaying course at Peterborough Regional College stepped in to help build the tower.

Trustee of The Len Pick Trust John Freear said: “The students carried out the work over last winter and spring and on Friday they attended the official opening when they were delighted to learn that owls are now using the tower and there is every indication that next year will see its first brood of chicks raised.”

Chairman of The Len Pick Trust Ranna Patel added: “This has been a really good project that has ticked so many boxes and we are very grateful for all the help we have received during the construction of the tower from local farmers, Nigel Bavin, John Dickinson and Andrew Myers as well as Peterborough College.”

She said trees had been planted alongside Mill Drove and a wildlife area would also be created on the site of the old barn once demolishion is completed.

Mr Sheppard added: “During the last year as a result of the hard winter and spring, the owl population in Lincolnshire has decreased by some 60 per cent and we expect the tower to help rebuild the local population of this wonderful bird.”

After attending the official opening of the tower, the class tutors treated the students involved in the project to a fish and chip lunch as a reward for their efforts.