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British Owls Field Study Guide

 Produced by the Field Studies Council, this chart is both an identification guide to British owls and a practical resource for investigating owl pellets. 

Included are colour paintings of the 5 species of owl permanently resident in the British Isles, shown both perched and at rest, illustrations and written descriptions of the different pellets produced by each species of owl and by other birds (kestrel, sparrow hawk, gull and corvids) that could be confused, and a systematic identification key to the contents of owl pellets, including complete skulls, jaws, teeth and other recognizable bones and animal parts. Text on the reverse side provides background information on the taxonomy of owls, their adaptations for hunting, food chains and conservation status. 

Further identification information for each species - body length, wingspan, call, and habitat, UK breeding range, main prey and conservation status - is given in a table. Guidance is also included on where pellets can be found and how they can be prepared and dissected. The chart is laminated to make it shower-proof and robust for use outdoors. This is the ideal guide to identify British owls, including a resource for information on the small mammal remains within owl pellets and the guide's laminated surface can be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth.