Little owl, photo by Nick Appleton 1/2
Little owl, photo by Elizabeth Dack 2/2

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if you see a small grumpy looking owl sitting on a post or tree you will be seeing a little owl. It is the smallest of the owls and the one you are most likely to see during the day.

Conservation status

Little owls were introduced in the middle of the 19th century by wealthy land owners, but unlike other introduced species, they have not had an adverse effect on other wildlife. The little owls conservation status has not been assessed in the England, where most of these owls are found although the RSPB estimate that there has been a 24% decrease in the population.

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Did you know? Little owls are not native to the UK. They were introduced in the mid-19th century and have become a successful breeding species that for the most part has not caused any problems for existing wildlife.
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