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.

In Brief:

  • 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