Hi and welcome to my Blog, my name is Paul Riddle and I live in south Leicestershire, UK. Back in August 2007 my quest began to locate as many local Little Owl territories as possible. The driving force was a reported decline in the uk numbers so I thought I would do my bit and conduct a study in my area. After 7 years and countless hours out in the field I have detected over 200 different sites. With a thirst for a greater understanding of the owls a more comprehensive monitoring and nest box programme then commenced. This also now includes monitoring the local and very sparse population of Barn Owls, please pop back occasionally and catch up with the life and times of my owls and any other wildlife that I come across. I hope you enjoy your visit!!!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

GET IN THERE...Number 97!

Today I've been out working in Cambridgeshire and as that part of the world is renowned for Barn Owls the camera was on board........just in case???? Anyway no Barn Owls were seen but whilst driving back home I took the route through Wistow Park in Leicestershire. It was almost dark (5.15pm) when I had to slow down to allow an on-coming car to pass and as I accelerated away I glanced upwards into an adjacent tree and spotted two dark silhouettes sitting next to one and other. At the earliest opportunity I turned the car around and went back to investigate, oh yes oh yes I was right............LITTLE OWLS!!!

Site 97, Wistow - Wain Bridge.

Yes I know a really poor image but the light had almost but gone but a bit of post processing on the PC has just about made a really poor image into just a poor one!? I will return at the weekend when hopefully I will manage a much improved image!


  1. Amazing! Well done! Where's the party going to be? I guess it'll only be a week or so!!!

  2. Not sure where the party is going to be yet but rest assured you will deffo be invited!

  3. Nearly there! Hope the Little Owls appreciate all this attention and like their new homes!! Let me know where the celebrations are going to be. Is it likely to be under the tree where the 100th LO is?...................!!!!

    Ken G

  4. At the 100th LO site, thats a good idea Ken, although the flying bubbly corks may scare them off!!!