There are five species of owl in Britain: the British barn owl, Tawny owl, Little owl, Short-eared owl and Long-eared owl; and all are causing some degree of concern to conservationists. Experts are also studying whether Eagle owls are definitively breeding in the wild here, and whether the introduction of this species will pose problems for native wildlife.

Owls in the British countryside, and particularly Barn owls, face a number of challenges from changes to their environment. These include changes in agricultural practice, fewer suitable nesting sites and the building of new roads. Their numbers are believed to have fallen dramatically in recent years and there are many conservation projects dedicated to help them overcome these challenges.

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Here are the British owls we have at the sanctuary: