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Nesting boxes help barn owls

PUBLISHED: 13:19 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:01 05 July 2010

The 250th barn owl nesting box has been put up at Carlton Marshes, near Lowestoft, in an effort to help increase the local population of the species.

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard visited the wildlife reserve to celebrate the milestone achievement, part of a plan by the Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project to put up 500 boxes in the county.

The 250th barn owl nesting box has been put up at Carlton Marshes, near Lowestoft, in an effort to help increase the local population of the species.

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard visited the wildlife reserve to celebrate the milestone achievement, part of a plan by the Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project to put up 500 boxes in the county.

The barn owl population has been in decline since the 1930s, but evidence suggests owl numbers in Suffolk are starting recover.

The boxes help to relieve competition for nesting sites while the population grows.

The box was built by Special Objectives for the Local Disabled (SOLD), which has been commissioned by the project to make most of the

owl boxes using sustainable timber supplies.

People can buy a box for their own land or adopt one at the marshes. Contact the Suffolk Wildlife Trust on 01473 890089.

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