Bird interrupts restoration of medieval bird house

Reconstruction of Sharlston Dovecote, a 14th century medieval pigeon house, is being planned around the property's resident barn owl. The owl likes to shelter there in the summer, so construction work will only proceed in the winter months.

Dovecotes are first seen in England in the 12th century, and the birds were an important source of food. Elaborately built dovecotes like this one later became a status symbol. [photo]