Barn owls could return to town

A PROJECT to reintroduce one of Britain's best-known and best-loved birds into Ipswich for the first time in more than 100 years has taken a huge step forward.

A PROJECT to reintroduce one of Britain's best-known and best-loved birds into Ipswich for the first time in more than 100 years has taken a huge step forward.

Land in Bourne Park has been set aside as a potential reserve for barn owls, and special boxes to provide them with a his and hers des res.

Barnes Construction - which has an owl in its logo - has linked up with the borough to help develop the area near Belstead Brook.

Children from Halifax Primary were shown how the project will work and given a guided tour of the area set aside by the borough's project manager Laura Whitfield.

She said: “We want to improve the wildlife habitat in the park and encourage barn owls to nest here. By building two barn owl boxes (one for the male and one for the female and potential young) and by letting some of the grass grow long we can create a habitat, both for the birds and their primary food source, the short-tailed field vole.”

Currently there are no barn owls breeding anywhere in Ipswich and, if successful, Bourne Park could be the first place in Ipswich that barn owls have bred in more than 100 years.

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Information boards will be placed at the entrances to the proposed long grass area, telling visitors about the project.

Nick Fayers, Managing Director for Barnes Construction added: “Right from the start, we were keen to get involved with this project because of our obvious relation to the Barn Owl, through the company name and a logo that has served us well over the last 26 years.”

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