I would really like to own a bird of prey, particularly an owl. Where do I start?

Owning a bird of prey is not falconry, and particularly not with owls. Falconry is all about flying a falcon, hawk or eagle, and we have to own one in order to be able to fly it. We don’t necessarily want to own one. Some owls can be flown successfully, but they can be quite hard work and the results are very unexciting. Some owls can be cheap to buy, and they look very cute, but in order to fly one you will need the proper equipment, including a tracking system. A good new tracking system alone will cost ten times the price of a Barn Owl, let along the accommodation and other equipment. The time, cost and commitment are far better spent on something where the results are more rewarding.