Did you know? There are over 200 species of Owls in the World.

The Hartley Owls is a brilliant session for adults and children alike. If you want to get up close and personal and learn all there is to know about your favourite owls – then this is the session for you.

Recently, Neil and Eve who run the Hartley Owl sessions popped along with their six beautiful owls to White Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley. They brought along Eddie the one year old Snowy Owl, Saffy a Tawny Owl, Mouse who is an African Eagle Owl, a Barn Owl named Blueberry, Oz the Boobook and Abbott the European Eagle Owl, which is actually one of the largest species of Owl in the World. In fact, the female European Eagle Owls can grow up to a third bigger than the males. By having all of these owls on show throughout the session, the children were able to gain a true look at each of the species.

The session included an exciting and informative talk on each of the species, encouraging all of the children and adults to get involved and ask questions to find out fun facts. Did you know owl’s eyes are in a fixed position and they can turn their heads 270 degrees or that owls use mainly their hearing instead of sight to hunt prey?

Children and adults were then able to interact with the owls by stroking or holding them, this was a great opportunity to take photos with your favourite owl as shown by Dolly, Lovey and Jasmine below.

This session with the Hartley Owls was truly a fun and educational experience for all ages. The friendly and intriguing owls are a great source of entertainment for children and provide a brilliant, fun and educational half term activity.


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Fun Owl facts:

  • Owls are active at night (nocturnal).
  • A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • Most owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds.
  • Some owl species hunt fish.
  • Owls have powerful talons (claws) which help them catch and kill prey.
  • Owls have large eyes and a flat face.
  • Owls are farsighted, meaning they can’t see things that are close to their eyes very clearly.
  • Owls are very quiet in flight compared to other birds of prey.
  • The colour of owl’s feathers helps them blend into their environment (camouflage).
  • Barn owls can be recognized by their heart shaped face.