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An endangered species has made a city park its new home, and started breeding.

Owl expert Paddy Jackson found two barn owls in a nest box installed in Ouse Valley Park.

It is estimated that there are only around 3,000 to 5,000 barn owl pairs across the UK and the Parks Trust has made an effort to install extra nest sites across the city to improve habitat.

Parks Trust Biodiversity Officer, Martin Kincaid, said: “We are thrilled that these magnificent birds are breeding successfully on our land.

“We’ve installed six boxes so far and plan to install more boxes around the parks this winter. Ringing the chicks is important so that we can accurately monitor the barn owl population in our parks and try to help protect this species.”

Anyone who sees a barn owl should call the Parks Trust on 01908 233600.