Project Owl

We need your help, to learn more about owls in this country.

More than 9,000 volunteers took part in our survey overwinter to help us learn more about Tawny Owl population change and understand more about their calling behaviour. Other work on Owls is continuing this year and we hope to bring you more news on it soon.

The Tawny Owl Calling Survey - COMPLETED MARCH 2019

Volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales took part in this survey to help us increase our understanding of Tawny Owl calling behaviour and distribution, particularly focusing on the impact of urbanisation and artificial lighting. It was an easy to take part in with volunteers simply listening out for Tawny Owls for 20 minutes each week, from 30 September 2018 to 30 March 2019, from their garden, local park or woodland. People could even listen whilst lying in bed with the window open! Although the aim was to do as many weeks as possible volunteers could do as many or as few weeks as they were able and still contribute valuable data.

Data analysis has started and we hope to release results in the near future.

Learn About Owls 

Don't worry if you're not confident in identifying owl calls or want to learn more. We've got some great information pages on owls, which provide you with all the information you will need.

Further research 

The Tawny Owl Point Survey - COMPLETED AUTUMN 2018

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Point Survey! This survey involved volunteers visiting random preselected tetrads. The survey was carried out during autumn 2018 and is currently undergoing analysis. Some provisional results from this survey can be viewed here and we hope to release more complete results in the near future.

We have some further exciting research planned for our nation's owls. Check out future plans for Project Owl.


You can also help by donating to our owl appeal, which will greatly help us in organising this body of research.

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