Students support Avon Wildlife Trust with new bird boxes

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 June 2019

Students with charity representatives installing the boxes at Weston Moor in Weston in Gordano, pictured are Danielle Smith and Tim Curley from Avon Wildlife Trusts with Yr12 students Elina Koulias, Liam Vickerstaff, Harry Mower and their teacher Justin Warland.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Students with charity representatives installing the boxes at Weston Moor in Weston in Gordano, pictured are Danielle Smith and Tim Curley from Avon Wildlife Trusts with Yr12 students Elina Koulias, Liam Vickerstaff, Harry Mower and their teacher Justin Warland. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Pupils from Clevedon School have given barn owls in the Gordano Valley some new homes.

A group of sixth form students crafted new nesting boxes for the birds to be placed at an Avon Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

After visiting the trust's Weston Moor reserve in January to see the habitat and learn about the UK's declining barn owl population.

The students set to work in their design and technology classroom to build new boxes.

The boxes were too weather worn to give the birds adequate protection and the new homes will provide support to the breeding barn owls.

The trust's land manager, Tim Curley, said: "The students have been really engaged in building their understanding of these birds - 85 per cent of which now nest in man-made boxes due to their natural nest sites disappearing - and they've done a fantastic job and should feel proud of the part they've played in supporting local wildlife."

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