Owl Pellets are undigested parts of an owl's food which are regurgitated, their contents varies depending upon the owl's diet, often containing bones, hair, feathers and even complete skulls. Owl pellets have virtually no smell and are ideal for students to dissect, giving a fascinating insight into the diet of a bird of prey. This practical can be tied to habitat, adaptation and food chain studies.
We offer both whole owl pellets and this great value alternative of 1 litre, or 0.5 litre, of broken pellets. 1 litre of broken pellets is the equivalent to approximately 40 whole pellets which is enough material for an entire class.
To help enable students to identify the bones found in the pellets we recommend this Field Studies Council folding guide which also features a comprehensive guide to British Owls including their habitats.
Collected from wild owls in Shropshire to ensure varied contents - owls kept in captivity are likely to have a far less varied diet.
The Mammal Society have great owl pellet resources including a mammal mapper that students can use to record their findings. The society are particularly interested in the Greater White Toothed Shrew, an invasive species that has now been found in the UK.
Supplied wrapped in foil and heat sterilised at 120°C (250°F) for 4 hours.