IKEA Belfast helps build a brighter future for barn owls

IKEA staff and customers raise £643 for barn owl conservation

IKEA Belfast has teamed up with Ulster Wildlife to help raise much-needed funds for one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful but endangered birds: the barn owl.

From building habitat boxes and recycling toner cartridges to holding a dress down day, staff and customers from the store have together raised a total of £643.05 for the charity's barn owl conservation work. 

With fewer than 50 breeding pairs of barn owls now left in Northern Ireland, Ulster Wildlife hopes to raise £20,000 this year to provide new homes for barn owls to nest, improve foraging habitat for them to hunt, and up-skill volunteers to survey nest and roost sites.  

Vickie Chambers, Supporter Relationship Manager at Ulster Wildlife, said, “Standing up for local wildlife is important to all of us, and we are so grateful to the staff and customers at IKEA for their amazing fundraising efforts which will make a massive difference to the future of this much-loved bird.”

Gemma Drinkell, Marketing Specialist at IKEA Belfast, said, “We are exceptionally proud to have been able to support such an important local organisation and would like to thank our co-workers and customers for all their efforts in protecting these beautiful birds.”

As a thank-you for their fundraising efforts, IKEA staff and customers enjoyed a ‘Barn Owl Discovery Day’ where they had the opportunity to get-up-close and personal with a barn owl and find out more about this amazing bird from a passionate educator.

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