Little Owl Box Placement
Little Owl will nest in a wide variety of locations from farm land and parks, to gardens and orchards. They will naturally nest in trees or buildings and like access to a mosaic or hunting grounds from managed pasture to rougher grasslands.
Ideally place the box 3-5 metres above the ground affixed to the side of tree away from the prevailing wind. Avoid trees with ivy and climbers on and also avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
A few inches of clean soil or potting compost make a good substrate in the boxes and this should be cleaned out in the autumn.
If you have regularly seen or heard Little Owls in an area that’s a great start to siting a box
Chose a tree or building that is in prime habitat for hunting
Make sure there is somewhere nearby for the young owls to fledge into
Avoid water troughs as these are fatal to Little Owls
Pick a tree/building without any ivy or creeping plants
You need a nice smooth face that is preferably wider than the box to offer good support
Face the box entrance away from any prevailing wind and rain
Place the box no less than 12 ft above the ground but aim for 15ft or more
Fix the attachment plate first with the help of someone
Lift the box into place either yourself or with a rope over a higher point
Fix the box to the attachment plate with help
Remember to place a substrate in the base of the box for the owls to lay their eggs on