If you have found an owlet on the floor aparantly abandoned, it is very unlikely to be abandoned and more likely the parents are nearby and in which case the chick should be left or put up in the nearest tree - click here for advice and identification of owlets
Since 1999 I have been educating the public all over the UK about how to help and conserve wild British owls. In 2006 I took this to another level by creating Wild Owl Educational Services & have continued to raise awareness to thousands of people of all ages about wild owls & their conservation.
Unfortunately the stress of being self-employed has taken its toll on me in recent years, so after much thought I have decided to retire from public work and plan to raise awareness of wider wildlife issues in a hobbyist capacity away from the constraints of a business.
My journey has brought me into contact with many interesting, warm & generous people of all ages who have shown me great respect for my efforts. I’ve had exciting opportunities on television, radio, press and the odd bit of fun in adverts and movies and I’ve been officially commended by Bristol Zoo for my work.
However, despite the apparent glamour of ‘working with owls’ the reality is that so much of my energy has been directed at humans and computers. Being self-funded & working as an independent means spending hundreds of unpaid hours answering enquiries, taking & processing photographs, creating videos and running the website.
In the face of an overwhelming public misconception that owls are ‘cute’, I have tried to make people realise that we need to focus our attention on the awful state of WILD owls, their declines and their roles as APEX PREDATORS and INDICATORS of the health of our countryside. I continue to feel hugely frustrated how owls are portrayed in the media & how often they are displayed in public by ‘bird keepers’ for no good reason - as a wildlife conservationist, I have repeatedly felt uncomfortable using tame owls in my public work but it’s been a commercial necessity and I’ve strictly used them as an educational tool backed up with high quality educational information.
Thank you to everyone who has inspired and supported me over the years especially my family, Tony Warburton of The World Owl Trust, Colin Morris and the wonderful team in South Gloucestershire Council’s environment section.