Of the five owl species regularly spotted in Britain, the one that most people readily recognise would be the barn owl. However, there are many superstitions surrounding this mysterious bird and there is more to owls than just Harry Potter.
Did you know that the barn owl is often referred to as the ghost owl? Or that a natural phenomena makes them glow in the dark?
As the nights draw darker and halloween is celebrated across the county, we asked our resident wildlife expert, Andrew Whitelee of Verdant Wildlife tours, all about this mysterious bird of prey, and where you might be able to spot one in Nottinghamshire.
Myths and Beliefs