Owl Walking—man runs afowl of town council


Dear DMC

Taking your owls for a walk – a suitably dull activity? Or just asking for trouble?

Such questions often arise at this time of year, generally known as the “silly season”.



Steve Reszetniak


Dear Steve,

Owl Walking should not be banned. It’s a fine form of Safe Excitement. We’ll add this our list of key issues. It’ll be right up there along with other issues such as slow down the London Eye, stop the closing of Rest Areas in the U.S., and restore the right to dry (right2dry.org).

What is the council up to? Protecting owl rights? A council member apparently said that, as owls are nocturnal creatures, the council is concerned about their welfare, that exposing them to loud, hectic environments during the day could raise issues.

Hopefully, now with the government budget cutbacks, council staff will be trimmed, and those who remain will be occupied with sensible matters.

We see in the article referred to in the BBC article you referred us to mentions that the man, Russell Burt lives in Plympton, Devon and is known as the Owl Man, has seven owls: Ben, Spot, Mika, Scoppy, Misty, Chas, and Scruff.

Ben is a Bengal eagle owl. Spot is an African spotted eagle owl. Mika is a tawny owl Russell rescued after a road accident. Scoopy is an African white-faced scops owl. Misty, has, and Scruff are barn owls.

Sincerely (dull men are always sincere, mostly),

Button Down, Hampshire


One Response to “Owl Walking—man runs afowl of town council”

  1. Skye Says:

    Thank you for posting this today.

    It made my heart smile. 🙂

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