The students, who are currently studying for an OCN Level 1 in Digital Fabrication - Creative Woodworking, have carefully constructed the A-Frame homes which will provide new dwellings for barn owls in the North West, which has seen their already tiny population plummet.
As part of their course, the young men, who study at NWRC’s Greystone Campus in Limavady, used Computer Aided Design, to produce the boxes which each have been inscribed with their own signature, and will now be transported to different locations in the area.
The boxes were recently presented to representatives from Ulster Wildlife at a special event held at Greystone Campus in Limavady.
Solene Loiseau from Ulster Wildlife thanked the staff and students from the college for their work in creating the boxes.
She said: “For the last number of weeks we have been working with the college to produce these boxes which are urgently needed to provide nesting sites for this endangered bird. We are delighted to be here today to receive the boxes and also deliver a talk to let the students know more about how important this work is.
Currently, there is a dire shortage of nest sites for barn owls, so these boxes will encourage the owls into new sites in Limavady and Magilligan where there is an opportunity for suitable foraging.