From time to time we like to take a look at the places, animals and things that inspire our Bristol artists, designers and makers, and owls certainly seem to come into that category featuring on clothing, cards, stationery and more, including:
This Collection by Milk & Cereal
Owls are nocturnal or crepuscular (active at dawn or dusk). They have round heads, rather flat faces and short, hooked bills. There is a myth that they can turn their heads 360°; this isn’t true but they can rotate their necks 270°, without breaking blood vessels or tearing tendons. This is a necessity for owls because they have fixed eye sockets; their eyeballs can’t rotate so rather than simply moving their eyes to follow an object or scan an area, they have to turn their heads for the same effect.
Owls can be found all over the temperate and tropical parts of the world with species found in the UK including the Barn Owl, Little Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl and Tawny Owl. In the South West the National Trust has identified Tyntesfield, at Wraxall, just outside Bristol, as one of the places where owls might be spotted, as well as the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor; Windmill Hill, Avebury; and South Milton Sands in Devon.
North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre in Congresbury is home to a number of owls, as well as hawks, buzzards, falcons and eagles. It is open to the public just six times a year, with 2016’s dates set as 27th March, 24th April, 29th May, 26th June, 31st July and 28th August (all Sundays). Visitors can expect flying displays and educational talks; they may even have the opportunity to hold a bird of prey themselves. The centre also offers owl experiences, hawk walks, falconry days, birds of prey encounters and courses, which can be booked throughout the year, as can private visits.
Search for “owl” on our website and you will find:
Panda and Owl Adventure print and notepad set by Sally Darby
T-shirts, Screen prints and greetings cards by Boodle
Owl in Boots print by Rosie Webb.
(Owl in boots print from £15)