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!!!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Barnie Bliss

Last night involved a chase around a few breeding sites to make sure all was well in readiness for this evenings the visit of the Charnwood ringing group. My original plan was to escort then to 4 different Little Owl sites to ring 13 Little Owl chicks, but since Daz and I made good time we had the opportunity to pop in and see my mate Glynn at Wistow. 

Glynn has a pair of Barn Owls nesting in one of his barns so we thought we'd just check on their progress, and to our delight they have 5 healthy chicks, so this now puts a bit of pressure on tonight's visit as we have to squeeze in another site, a nice problem to have!

Sleeping babies!