Few of us know what goes on after dark, underneath the moon. Sally Coulthard shines a light on the Barn Owl, one of the most mesmerising and elusive icons of the countryside.
With its heart-shaped face and silent, graceful flight, the Barn Owl regularly tops the nation's list of favourite birds. A brief sighting is a thrill, hovering along a hedgerow or sweeping over a stubble field, but how much do we really know about this sublime tenant of the night? We humans, ever the egocentrics, fancy we see ourselves in the Barn Owl's big, baby eyes and quizzical tilt of the head. But the Barn Owl lives on a different plane – a yearly see-saw of feast and famine, companionship and solitude. It's a tough life – living in the shadows – but the Barn Owl has made it this far.
Sally Coulthard explores the hidden world of the Barn Owl. Full of fascinating insights, conservation advice and the latest research, this affectionate and timely guide also tells the story of a Barn Owl's early life – from first pip of the shell to leaving the nest – a fascinating time in this captivating creature's journey.
Sally Coulthard is a bestselling author of books about natural history and rural life including A Short History of the World According to Sheep, The Book of the Earthworm, The Bee Bible, The Hedgehog Handbook and over twenty more titles. She lives on a Yorkshire smallholding where she keeps rare breeds of sheep and spends too long, watching the horizon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the local Barn Owl.