UK Little Owl Project

Dedicated to UK Little Owl research and conservation

Welcome to the UK Little Owl Project

The UK's Little Owl population is rapidly declining. We want to help our Little Owls. So, we've launched a project dedicated to UK Little Owl research and conservation.

You can read our aims here. We want to further our understanding of UK Little Owl ecology. We support, develop & promote new and existing UK Little Owl research and conservation projects. We're already working with a number of owl projects.

We’re really keen to find out where you're spotting Little Owls. This information helps bird groups to install nest boxes close to sightings. Have you seen or heard a Little Owl recently? We'd love for you to report your sightings here. We've included an automatic GPS option so you can add your sightings in the field. Not seen a Little Owl before? Read our spotter's guide for tips on where you can see them.

Please follow our blog and @UKLittleOwls for regular research and conservation news, advice on how you can help your local Little Owls, and project updates. Emily recorded a Little Owl breeding attempt in 2015; you can watch videos via our blog.

This project was established by Dr Emily Joáchim with the kind assistance of Andy Rouse. Emily runs this project and has studied UK Little Owls since 2008. We'd love for you to support our work − you can find out more here. You can donate here.

UK Little Owl Project Blog

Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018


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#99Birds Artbook for Little Owls

Charity Auction for UK Little Owl Project


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Little Owls in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park by Ralph Hancock


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Report Sightings

To report a sighting, we need to gather as much detail as possible. Click "Start Reporting" to begin the process.



Use one of the following options to log the sighting location. Or simply drag the red marker on the map below to the precise location.



Sightings Map

Little Owl pairs occupy their territory throughout the year

Little Owl retina cells are more similar to diurnal raptors than owls

Juvenile Little Owls often stay in the vicinity of their natal site until September

Little Owls are able to hunt and fly in the rain; they often eat earthworms

Little Owls locate mammalian prey with high accuracy using their hearing and sight

Juvenile Little Owls are able to focus their eyes on an object from 14 days old

Little Owls breed in tree hollows, farm buildings and nest boxes

Little Owls catch prey by stooping on it from a perch or running after it on the ground

Little Owls have pale feathers around their eyes which gives them their frowning expression


For media enquiries or if you require any further information regarding UK Little Owl Project, please complete the form below to contact Dr Emily Joáchim.