Owl Prowl in London
Londoners can take part in a survey of the capital’s owl population this summer. Although many might not think of the capital as the ideal habitat for birds of prey, all five regularly breeding species of British owls can be found within the M25. The white barn owl can be found as central as Ealing; the daylight-hunting little owl has been spotted in leafy areas such as Barnes and Willesden; whilst the tawny owl, the most common of them all, is found right across Greater London. Two other species – the short-eared and long-eared owls – are visitors, however.
With all this in mind the London Wildlife Trust has decided to set up the Owl Prowl 2011, 25 years after the last survey of the capital’s owl population. The purpose of the survey is to raise awareness of the city's owl populations and the threat they face owing to loss of habitat. The trust says that many residents of the inner city are unaware that these shy birds of prey can be found in the metropolis, usually in tranquil wooded areas.