Helping hands for feathered friends

We’re hoping to give a helping hand to our native feathered friends ahead of the forthcoming breeding season.

Coinciding with National Nest Box Week we’re installing two barn owl boxes by the chimpanzee enclosure as we’ve spotted the birds of prey flying around the lower part of the 40-acre zoo.

DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “Barn owls have declined by around 70 per cent in recent years, so it’s important we do all we can to help numbers improve.

“Hopefully by providing the boxes we can encourage the barn owls to nest on site ahead of the breeding season which starts from next month.”

The specialist wooden boxes provide ideal nesting conditions for barn owls with a deep large box allowing room for a brood of developing owlets and a front ledge, by a large opening, which reduces the risk of the young falling before they can properly fly.

National Nest Box Week runs from February 14 – 21 and is an established feature in the ornithological calendar. It aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes to support the conservation of birds.