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Barn Owl project hatches another success story

A screen grab of the live feed on the website (2649371)
A screen grab of the live feed on the website (2649371)

For the second year running an innovative environmental project funded by a charitable trust based in Bourne to help increase the local Barn Owl population, has again met with success with the recent hatching of two healthy chicks.

The nest is situated in a purpose-built brick owl tower in a grass paddock on the north side of Bourne.

The trust’s advisor for the project, Lincolnshire’s owl expert Bob Sheppard, said: "It is really pleasing to see such a positive result after the hard winter that we have experienced, fingers crossed that the two chicks will be reared successfully."

The project has attracted world-wide interest through a live webcam link from the tower to the ttrust’s website www.lenpicktrust.org.uk.

So far this year the link has attracted some 20,000 hits with visitors from 27 different countries.

The web page also incorporates a diary so Bob can interpret what is happening and keep everyone up-to-date on developments.

Gerry Burrows, chair of the Len Pick Trust said: "We are really pleased that this project continues not only provide so much interest to our stakeholders but is also helping to boost the local Barn Owl population.

"There will now be a period of about nine weeks whilst they grow from tiny chicks into beautiful Barn Owls ready to fledge the nest if all goes well."

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