Park rangers show pupils how they care for endangered bird

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AFTER experiencing a large decline in numbers through the 20th century, groups are working to preserve and survey barn owls.

South Downs National Park has taken two six-week-old owls into its care to monitor their progress.

The parks volunteer ranger service invited children from schools across Hampshire, pictured, to see how these birds are cared for.

Rangers showed pupils how they tag any chicks that are found as part of a national scheme to protect the owls.

Because of the dwindling numbers, all the surveying locations are kept secret to encourage the birds to live freely and reproduce.

Park ranger Angela Ward said: ‘Our volunteers have been busy making barn owl boxes and putting them up in suitable spots all over the South Downs.’