Welcome to the website of the International Owl Society

The UK based society was formed in 1996 and was intended as a worldwide forum for anyone with an interest in Owls- from those who simply like Owls and who may wish to support Owl conservation work through the society's conservation projects to those who are considered to be serious keepers & breeders of these remarkable birds. Membership is open equally to all Owl enthusiasts, keepers and breeders as well as those from the scientific and zoological communities.

We hold two meetings each year (Spring & Autumn) which includes our A.G.M to which all members and those with an interest in joining the society are welcome.

The International Owl Society-Autumn 2018 Meeting and A.G.M

We shall notify a date and venue for our next meeting at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime prompt renewal of subscriptions falling due would be appreciated.

For members wishing to purchase a copy of Jeff Martin's excellent book "Barn Owl-Guardian of the Countryside" (reviewed in the December 2017 issue of Tyto) an online discount of 20% has kindly been offered to us by the publishers Whittet Books simply visit http://www.booksystemsplus.com/ and enter the code TYTO on checkout. The March edition of E-Tyto has now been emailed to members please contact us if you have not received your copy. Please note that Senara Collings of "Talons" based at Hendra Farm, Pelynt (email info@hendrafarm.co.uk) will shortly be assuming the role of Membership Secretary and we shall confirm when Senara is operational in the role.

One of the great strengths and value of being a member of the society is in the contacts and friendships you make and develop with others who share your interest and passion for Owls.

For those thinking about taking the first steps in owl keeping, membership of the IOS as a society should be high on your agenda, in order to obtain the required knowledge needed to keep an Owl, to introduce you to experienced and knowledgeable Owl keepers who will in turn become your mentors, assisting and advising when the needs for help or advice arises.

For those established Owl keepers, we have some of the UK’s most experienced Owl keepers and breeders within our membership base and on the most part they are more than happy to “Talk Owl” with anyone within the society regardless of their level of experience.

Our objectives as a society are:

  1. Advancing the husbandry of Owls in captivity.
  2. Assisting in improving breeding results with captive Owls.
  3. Assisting and advising in the conservation and preservation of Owls.
  4. To provide a forum for the dissemination of information relating to Owls.
  5. To encourage and assist in research programs involving Owls.
  6. To provide well informed spokespersons to represent the interests of those who exhibit, display, keep and breed Owls in discussions with legislators.

In order to achieve those objectives

  1. We publish for our members Tyto NewsBrief a 16 page quarterly email newsletter in March, June and September, and a 48 page hard-copy magazine TYTO in December.
  2. Our “Owl mart” section in TYTO allows members to advertise surplus and wanted stock in TYTO free of charge. (Commercial interests can also insert paid advertisements.
  3. Circulating information, via TYTO in respect of study programs in the wild; captive, care and breeding; taxonomy; relevant legislation, in fact if it is an Owl related topic we would seek to cover it in Tyto.

Our Species Coordination Team endeavor to maintain knowledge of Owl species presently held within the hobby that we consider to be at risk from being lost to Owl keepers; to promote the keeping and breeding of these species, as well as seeking to introduce additional species into captive breeding programmes.

Our new website will feature a host of Owl related information and password accessed pages for members, Owl related forums and blogs, an "Owl Mart", an Owl Species Guide, both current and back issues of TYTO, contact details for the IOS Council Members, News and Information, and also entertainment pages for of our younger members.

The International Owl Society Team