ABSTRACT Interest in the Eagle Owl Bubo bubo in Britain has increased during the past decade, particularly in relation to two well-known breeding pairs in northern England. An increase in the numbers being reported has led to calls for Eagle Owl to be re-admitted to the British List.This paper examines the BOURC's previous reviews, which led to the species' removal from the British List in 1996, the historical status of Eagle Owl in captivity, and other data relating to this species, in order to assess the likelihood of natural vagrancy.

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