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!!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Goodbye Mr Mole!

This evening whilst on my way home from work I chanced upon this gruesome yet bazaar occurrence, it was sightly morbid but somewhat fascinating. Just remind me never to get too near a  Heron as it seems as though they will consume almost anything when hungry. 

The mole struggled and wiggled for its life, thankfully the end was quick as it disappeared in a single gulp! 


  1. Poor mole! this reminds me of an occasion years ago at Martin Mere where we saw a Heron catch and eat an ENORMOUS rat.....it didn't go down without a struggle! And i'm sure I speak for most readers of this blog when I say WE WANT OWLS! WE WANT OWLS!!!