Suffolk: Wildlife trust barn owl project is backed by Barnes Construction

BARNES Construction is strengthening its support for Suffolk Wildlife Trust as works to support barn owl numbers in the county.

Barnes, which – appropriately – has used an owl logo for nearly 30 years, is supporting the trust by building owl nest boxes.

Michael Strand, the trust’s community fundraising manager, visited Barnes’ Ipswich headquarters to meet with managing director Nick Fayers and carpenter Martin Griffiths and take delivery of 10 nest boxes built by Mr Griffiths to a bespoke design.

“Suffolk’s barn owls had been on the decline until the trust introduced this most successful conservation project in the last decade,” said Mr Strand. “We are extremely grateful to Barnes for their support of this important work.

“With our vision to bring back Suffolk’s barn owl – particularly to the west of the county – Barnes Construction have manufactured 10 barn owl boxes to a bespoke, tried and tested design for installation over the coming months.

“Our aim is to install as many of these boxes on community sites across the county as part of advisory work to engage with and inspire local people to take action for wildlife on their doorstep.”

Besides building the next boxes, Barnes has also sponsored live streaming on the trust’s website of life inside a barn owl nest box at Redgrave and Lopham Fen national nature reserve.

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Mr Fayers said: “As a local firm we like to get involved in the local community and have supported many good causes over the years. “This project with Suffolk Wildlife Trust is very close to our hearts as the owl is an intrinsic part of our company branding,” he added.