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 interested in Owls, from those who simply like Owls and who may wish to support Owl conservation work through the societies conservation projects to those who are considered to be serious keepers & breeders of these remarkable birds as such membership is open equally to all Owl enthusiasts, keepers and breeders as well as 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.

Thanks to all of those members who joined us at Cotswold Wildlife Park to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Special thanks to Lisa Kennedy who not only traveled down from Scotland but also brought along an Anniversary Owl Cake. Our Autumn meeting is provisionally planned to take place at the Hawk Conservancy, and details will be advised when arrangements have been finalised.

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 Owl’s.

For those thinking about taking those first steps in obtaining an Owl as well as those new Owl keepers 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 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 News Brief a 16 page quarterly newsletter, and an annual 48 page TYTO, these publications are presently supported by additional “E” version that we circulate to members via email in addition to the published TYTO’s.
  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 programs.

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.

We hope you enjoy browsing our new website. We'd love to have some feedback from you regarding our new site, so please don't hesitate to leave us a comment on our Guestbook.

Kind Regards,

The International Owl Society Team


The IOS Members Forum

We are excited to announce that the IOS Members Forum is now online & is available to all our our subscribed members to register to & use!

Please note that some sections of our new website are currently still in development. We are working very hard to have these sections available for viewing, so please do check back regularly. Thank you.

Kind Regards,
The International Owl Society Team