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Students build new owl tower

A new owl tower that has been installed in Dyke by the Len Pick Trust EMN-160218-154856001
A new owl tower that has been installed in Dyke by the Len Pick Trust EMN-160218-154856001

The Len Pick Trust and New College Stamford have completed a milestone conservation project in Dyke.

Using recycled materials salvaged from a previously demolished barn, building construction students from the college have over the course of the Autumn term constructed a new Owl and Kestrel tower on farmland in Dyke.

Bob Sheppard, Lincolnshire adviser for the Barn Owl Conservation Network, oversaw the tower build to ensure the location and setting give the best opportunity for this much-loved, but endangered species to breed.

Although the completed tower is not accessible to the public, the Len Pick Trust has worked together with camera experts Wildlife Windows to provide the capability to transmit live images of the nesting box, via the trust website, during active nesting seasons. This means everyone will be able to follow the progress of the owls.

Bob Shepherd said: “2015 was a difficult season for the owl community, with little nesting activity. We may not see any residents in the new tower this spring, but this is a long term conservation project, so I am confident they will arrive as the tower and the location is perfect.”

Chairman of the Len Pick Trust Charles Houseago added his thanks to William and Antoinette Ash for providing the location and assisting in putting the infrastructure in place for the future internet connectivity and Boss Cabins for donating the use of a cabin while the project was underway.


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