Barn owl

With heart shaped face, buff back and wings and pure white under parts the barn owl is a distinctive and much loved countryside bird. Widely distributed across the UK, and indeed the world, the bird has suffered declines over the past fifty years as a result of the degradation of once prey-rich habitats in the face of intensive agricultural practices. This decline, fortunately, has halted in many areas and the population may now be increasing.

Open country, along field edges, riverbanks and roadside verges.

Short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

Asio flammeus

These medium-sized owls can be found in most parts of Scotland, except Shetland. Short-eared owls hunt by day, preferring open country, such as wetlands, moorland and sand dunes where their prey of small mammals is most abundant. They nest on the ground i...

Long Eared Owl

Long Eared Owl

Asio otus

The long-eared owl is medium-sized owl, smaller in size than a woodpigeon. It often looks long and thin, with head feathers (known as ear tufts even though they are not ears) which it raises when alarmed. It is buff-brown with darker brown streaks, and...

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

The tawny owl is an owl the size of a pigeon. It has a rounded body and head, with a ring of dark feathers around its face surrounding the dark eyes. It is mainly reddish brown above and paler underneath. It is a widespread breeding species in England,...