Good hunting habitat is vital to sustaining wild owls, ensuring that they have a year round supply of food to keep themselves alive and to feed their young when they breed.

Our different species of owl have slightly different requirements when it comes to habitat. The barn owl requires open fields of unmanaged grassland to find its main prey, field voles. In contrast the woodland tawny owl needs woodland cover which encourages wood mice and will often hunt from a perch. Then there is the insect eating little owl that raids wood piles & manure/compost heaps for worms and beetles and is often seen on the ground. The long-eared owl needs vole habitats like the barn owl but where it nests in forests, woodland rides are then crucial. And finally the moorland owl of the North, the short-eared owl is a vole hunter that often shares it’s grassland hunting areas with the barn owl during its winter overstay in the South.

Creating vole habitats for owls


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