Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group

Little owl

Athene noctua

Britain’s smallest owl was only an occasional visitor to Britain before being introduced to England from Holland in the 19th Century. Fortunately, unlike many other introduced species, the little owl’s presence does not upset the UK’s ecological balance and it is today accepted as part of our biodiversity.

The little owl is unusual as it does most of its hunting at dawn and dusk, allowing it to hunt for both daytime and nocturnal prey. This makes it one of the easiest owls to spot, as it is frequently seen out during the day, perching on a post, telegraph pole or exposed branch.