tawny owlTawny owls call here each morning and evening, several males and females, here above the Barle on Exmoor. They live in the woods to either side and we’re on the top of the hill here, above the river Barle … the place is alive with owls. I’ll be going up to bed soon and lying there just listening to them calling as they hunt and talk with each other around the woods.

The grass out in front of the cottage is all rough and tussocky – no lawn grass here – and so its perfect habitat for small rodentsΒ  … which are perfect food for hungry owls.

It never ceases to amaze me how wonderfully well Nature works but after all she has, of course, some four and a half billion years of experience of getting it right, making habitat for all of her creatures – like the grass for the rodents for the owls. Our owls here know how it works and they give me such pleasure as they call, as they hunt, as they speak with each other …