Electric supplier powers protection for barn owls

Two Barn Owl owlets at Standlake Meadow

Barn owls can look to a brighter future 13 years after a major energy company first started helping the species. 

Kind-hearted Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) engineers replaced two weathered owl and kestrel boxes while working on land occupied by the Standlake Common Nature Reserve last month.

The company had already made safe platforms for the bird boxes from poles previously used to hold up overhead lines after it buried cabling in the area near Witney in 2005.

Customer community advisor Chelsie Bickford said the firm’s environmental impact was just as important as the four million British homes and businesses to which it supplies electricity.

She said: “When we took part in the original undergrounding project to strengthen the surrounding area’s electricity supply, we had no idea of the benefits it would reap for the local bird population.”

The platforms provide a safe environment for the birds to nest and have been successfully used by pairs of breeding barn owls to rear their young after they were set up more than a decade ago.

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