The little owl was originally introduced to the UK in the 19th Century and is our smallest species of owl. It has declined heavily in recent years.
Little Owl (Athene noctua)
The barn owl is the white ghost of the night and the ‘farmers friend’. A countryside vole specialist and one that has a boom and bust lifestyle.
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
The secretive long-eared owl is a surprisingly small, shy woodland owl of conifer forests.
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
Creating and maintaining the correct habitat for owls and their prey is a crucial part of their conservation
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeous)
The tawny owl is our most common species and the familiar ‘too-whit too-whoo’ owl of woodlands in both the countryside and urban areas.
Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
The snowy owl is a rare species that has not bred in the UK since the seventies but still visits Northern Scotland most years.
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
The European eagle owl is the largest owl in the world and a small number breed in the wild in the UK - many sightings however are lost ‘pets’
European Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)
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