Birds of Prey in the North of England

by David Murray on 21 August 2012

in Birds, Northern England

Eagle Owl at Muncaster
Eagle Owl at Muncaster Castle

I tweeted about eagle owls earlier this afternoon but decided it deserved a longer reference here on the “Around-England” site. It really is good to see an increasing number of birds of prey settling back into the English countryside. Ten days ago we had a 3-generations visit to Muncaster Castle on the West Cumbrian coast and spent a sizeable proportion of our time there in the World Owl Centre. If there were nothing else apart from that at Muncaster (and there is!) it would have been well worth the trip over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes (No, you don’t have to go that way! There are easier routes) just to see the birds.

I learned a lot that afternoon, and it’s good also to know that we have eagle owls in the wild here in the North of England. Here’s an extract from a blog post I came across today.

Eagle Owl – The Dark Night Rises

Potentially Britain’s rarest breeding wildlife species, the Eagle Owl has successfully reared two Owlets in the Dunsop valley, Lancashire. The iconic species are widespread over most of Europe and are not included on the British species list even though wild birds have been producing young here for a good number of years …
Read more on the “Geltsdale Wildlife Warrior”:

Added to recent news about the Bassenthwaite ospreys and the release of more red kites into the wild in Grizedale Forest (click here for BBC report) this is great news. Of course, I appreciate that some people won’t agree but birds of prey are an important part of a complete natural system.


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