Preys for benefactor at bird centre

HOOTS of praise have been heaped on a construction company who stepped in to give Suffolk's birds of prey a home as staff prepare for the second building challenge in a year.

By James Fraser

HOOTS of praise have been heaped on a construction company who stepped in to give Suffolk's birds of prey a home as staff prepare for the second building challenge in a year.

Staff at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, have named four new aviaries at the centre 'The Bluestone Aviaries' after the help the firm gave in a refurbishment of the site last year.

Bluestone donated building materials for a marathon building session in March in which the aviaries were built in just one weekend.


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Now the company, which has an office in Ipswich, has visited SOS with more building supplies to start on building two more new aviaries to house two non-native species of owl.

And this time it will take the form of a different type of challenge. Two sponsored teams are competing against each other to see who can do it in the quickest time.

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Julie Finnis, head warden at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, said: "As a charity we are wholly reliant on the generosity of our visitors for the upkeep of the centre."

Birds of prey fan Martin Webb, a site manager at Bluestone, said: "Birds of prey are apassion of mine, and I do my best to help out at the sanctuary in my spare time.

"When I told some of my colleagues at Bluestone about the sponsorship idea, they were only too happy to help take the project further."

Weblink: www.bluestone.plc.uk

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