All photographs and Wild Owl video are copyright © Ian McGuire   -    Wild Owl Educational Services 2014

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PLANNING ISSUES

Links to assistance and advice on building developments that may affect owls

OWL CALLS

A selection of common owl calls to help identify British owl species

OWL NESTBOXES

Information on providing artificial nest boxes and baskets for owls

BRITISH OWLS

Information on the 5 main species of owl that breed in Britain

Overview of British Owls

HABITATS FOR OWLS

Advice on how to provide prey-rich habitats for owls

OWL PELLETS

All owls produce pellets - this page gives information on how to identify them

Providing Nest Boxes For Owls Owl Calls Owl Pellets Habitats for Owls go to page go to page go to page go to page go to page go to page Owl Emergencies

OWL EMERGENCIES ADVICE

Basic advice on what to do if you have an injured owl that needs attention

PREVENTING OWL CASUALTIES

Advice on ways to avoid unneccessary owl deaths

REPORTING DEAD OWLS

Advice on what to do if you find a dead owl and how to report birds with rings

FINDING YOUNG OWLS

What to do if you find a young owl away from the nest

Finding Young Owls

OWLS IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Informatio on the different species of owl that can be found in South Gloucestershire

Reporting Dead Owls Preventing Owl Casualties Owls in South Gloucestershire go to page go to page go to page go to page go to page

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OWL INFORMATION

Information on the 5 main species of wild owls that live and breed in the UK including information on:

•Identification  • Owl calls  • Nestboxes

 • Providing habitats for barn owls etc

Overview of British Owls Wild Owls and the Law Owl Calls Providing Nest Boxes For Owls Habitats for Owls Owl Pellets Finding Young Owls Owl Emergencies Preventing Owl Casualties Reporting Dead Owls Owls in South Gloucestershire

OWL & RAPTOR VIDEOS

A selection of owl and raptor videos from Ian McGuire & You Tube

Owls in South Gloucestershire go to page Owl & Raptor Videos

OWL PROWL EVENTS FOR 2014

I will be leading 7 public owl prowls in October 2014 where families can join me for an educational woodland walk at night in search of wild tawny owls.

go to page Owl Prowls 2014

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FOUND AN OWL BABY?

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

Finding Young Owls go to page Information & Advice on British Owls

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.


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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.