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Owl houses and bat boxes handmade in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 March 2011

SOLD members with nesting boxes made at the Lowestoft workshop for Badger Building.; Photo: Andy Darnell

SOLD members with nesting boxes made at the Lowestoft workshop for Badger Building.; Photo: Andy Darnell

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Nocturnal creatures will soon find new homes thanks to an innovative partnership in Lowestoft.

Local firm Badger Building has teamed up with the charity SOLD (Special Objectives for the Local Disabled) to install handmade owl and bat boxes on one of their housing developments in Framlingham, near Woodbridge.

The independent building company contacted SOLD, the charitable organisation that gets disabled adults making woodwork and other crafts from reclaimed materials, after council planning officers made animal nest boxes a requirement of their planning permission.

Earlier this week, representatives from the firm visited the SOLD workshop in Harvest Drive to collect their order - nine bat boxes and one large owl house.

SOLD manager Stephen James said: “We do a lot of work with Suffolk Wildlife, which is a good a example of a charitable group helping a community group. And now we’ve been able to help a local business too.

“We’ve done about 650 nest boxes for the wildlife trust and we’ve just been contracted to make a 1,000 smaller ones too. SOLD is always interested in taking on unusual jobs for items that people can’t buy from shops.”

The charity will be 25 years old in September. To find out more call 01502 512617 or email soldstudio@yahoo.com.

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