Where and how to spot an owl

Visit any of our places around dusk and you might be lucky enough to spot an owl. There are barn owls, tawny owls, little owls, short-eared owls and long-eared owls at the places we look after. Keep still and quiet, and look out for pellets. Good luck!

View of windswept long grass and cloudy sky from Windmill Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire
Head to Windmill Hill, Avebury, and you could see one of the resident barn owls National Trust Images / Paul Wakefield

Owl haunts in the South West 

If you're in the South West you don't need to go far to spot an owl. Many of our places are home to these silent twilight hunters.

The Tower, seen from the Orchard, on a winter's day at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Watch out for the distinctive barn owl hunting at dusk at Sissinghurst Castle National Trust Images / John Miller

Owl haunts in London and the South East 

Owls are frequent visitors to our places, and across London and the South East you can find somewhere to watch them.

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire, with the house refelcting in the River Avon, which runs in front of it
Little owls, barn owls and tawny owls call Charlecote Park home National Trust Images / Matthew Antrobus

Owl haunts in the Midlands 

You need to be quiet, and still, but if you go to these places you might see an owl out hunting, or just sitting in a tree.

A visitor taking photographs in the mist of Lough Erne at Crom, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Will you be lucky enough to spot a long-eared owl at Crom? National Trust Images / John Millar

Owl haunts in Northern Ireland 

Come owl-spotting at our places. You might see one in the trees or hunting over pastures.

The shingle beach leading up to the two Pagodas at Orford Ness, Suffolk
Long-eared, short-eared and little owls have been spotted at Orford Ness National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

Owl haunts in the East of England 

If it's owls you're after, a boat ride to Orford Ness will supply plenty of opportunities to see them. If you'd rather stay on dry land, many of our other places can supply a glimpse of these twilight hunters.

A man on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Stackpole, pausing to take in the view of the sea
Look out for barn owls hunting at dusk in Pembrokeshire National Trust Images / John Millar

Owl haunts in Wales 

Head to our places in Wales and, if you're lucky, you might spot an owl silently floating on the evening air, looking for its dinner.

The view across the lake to the South East Front of Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Owls are often spotted at Sizergh and Silverdale in Cumbria National Trust Images / Joe Wainwright

Owl haunts in the North West 

If you're quiet and lucky, you might spot an owl at any of these places in the North West of England.

Cattle grazing on farmland at Gibside, Tyne and Wear
Will you see one of the tawny owls that's regularly heard at Gibside? National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

Owl haunts in the North East 

Luck plays a big part in spotting owls, but going to one of our places where they're regularly seen can help make you luckier.