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, 21 March 2012


There was months of planning, then a bit of grafting and then a lot of waiting...................

Then on 21/03/12 at 14:36 and 36 seconds precisely it happened, the owl where we have the nest box camera laid her first egg!!!

This screen shot (below) was grabbed a whole 1 second after the egg was laid just as the hen owl stood up to glance around at her handy work.

Sadly we are still not able to share the live footage of the owls through this blog, but its not for the lack of trying! Somehow we will find a way of bringing it to you, but for now the occasional still image will have to suffice as an update of any developments.........sorry!


  1. Looks like all the hard work is paying off, Paul. Lets hope she raises loads of healthy chicks.

  2. A cracking image too Paul. Love how she's looking back at her prize.

  3. I'd call that a result, Paul! Please pass my congratulations on to the lady when you next see her!!

  4. Brilliant mate just brilliant

  5. Thats awesome! so cool to see barn owls breeding!

  6. you alway witness some great things with a cam, I am hoping to get a first egg soon with the one cam I have.