Barn Owl - Tyto alba


    The Barn Owl is a distinctive bird with a heart shaped face, buff back and wings and pure white under parts.

    Identification difficulty

    Open country, along field edges, riverbanks and roadside verges

    When to see it

    All year round; during the day, but best at dusk.

    Life History

    They are hunters, feeding on mice, voles and shrews.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain, but has declined in numbers here over the past 50 years.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map