Project Owl

This autumn and winter we want to learn more about Tawny Owl population change and understand more about their calling behaviour. To do this we need your help.


You can help us to increase our understanding of their calling behaviour and distribution, particularly focusing on the impact of urbanisation and artificial lighting. It's easy to take part. All you need to do is listen for Tawny Owls for 20 minutes each week, from 30 September to 31 March, from your garden, local park or woodland. You can even listen whilst lying in bed with the window open. The more weeks that you can listen the better - but you can do as many or as few weeks as you are able.

We need your help, whether you usually hear Tawny Owls or not. Knowing where owls can't be heard is just as valuable as knowing where they can be heard.

Learn About Owls 

Don't worry if you're not confident in identifying owl calls. 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 - NOW FINISHED FOR AUTUMN 2018

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Point Survey! This survey involved volunteers visiting random preselected tetrads. The survey is now finished for this autumn but may be repeated next year - watch this space! If you did take part this autumn and haven't already done so, please get your data submitted asap.

We have some 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.