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, 31 March 2010


Great the clocks have changed giving a little more time after work to get owl and about but somebody needs to remind the weather gods that we are now into spring and the summer is just around the corner. Tonight was a total wipe out, only 3 owls seen at 11 different sites and not surprising giving the drizzle, winds and low temperatures!

Believe it or not there was a 10 minute rest bite when the sun tried to shine through and I managed these images of the pair at Preistlands, site 75.

The male bird having a quick peep!

The female bird came half out but she soon had better ideas and back in she went.

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