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Owls to dictate office environment

By Paperstone on March 2, 2007 in Office Furniture

National Trust wardens in north Wales are to get some bizarre new colleagues in the form of a parliament of owls, it has been revealed.

New office space for National Trust officials was to be built at a site in Cwrt, Gwynedd, but renovation work on the building has discovered that the owls are using the roof space to roost.

This has led the National Trust to compromise on the development and create a specially-designed loft space for the owls to use.

The bizarre office environment is set to be the first of its kind in the UK and will see wardens and owls working and living side by side.

Keith Jones, National Trust countryside manager for Llyn and west Snowdonia, told the BBC said: "The Little Owls are part of the make-up of the buildings.

"I just thought of them as another user and therefore how could we work around them. It’s been very easy – at most times of the day you can see them peering at you."

A special bird door is to keep the owls and wardens apart though, ensuring that the National Trust’s office equipment is kept safe from curious owls.

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