Sleepy owl up tree in leafy Sheffield suburb becomes unlikely tourist attraction - drawing crowds of people

A sleepy owl seen roosting in a tree located in a Sheffield neighbourhood over the past couple of months has become a lockdown tourist attraction.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 12:30 pm

The adorable tawny owl has been spotted roosting during the day in an ash tree located on Lydgate Lane, near to the junction of Tapton Hall Road, Marsh Lane and Headland Lane, in Crosspool over the past couple of months.

Eagle-eyed bird watchers first spotted it there in the middle of January, and since then, crowds have continued to visit the tree with the hope of seeing the Lydgate Lane owl for themselves.

BBC’s Springwatch television programme even shared a video of the owl with nature lovers on their Twitter account.

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The Lydgate Lane owl rests happily in a tree. Picture: Dean Atkins

Fans of the owl have taken to social media.

Diane Rodgers said: “This is practically across the road from my house! People have been coming from all over Sheffield to take a look at our local owl.”

"I saw it today. It was awake and gave me a good glance back. Odd place to roost as it's over a pretty busy road,” said Twitter user, @black_beats

Diane Drury added: “This is near my daughters home, they are enjoying the view of the owl every day.”

Passers by stop to look and take pictures of the Lydgate Lane owl. Picture: Dean Atkins

The Lydgate Lane owl is most often seen roosting in the tree during the afternoons, and usually flies off before nightfall.

The last known sighting of the sleepy-looking owl in Crosspool was last week.

The ash tree occupied by the Lydgate Lane owl is believed to have been one that had been earmarked for felling by Sheffield Council, but was subsequently saved from the chop following opposition from tree campaigners.

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The Lydgate Lane owl rests happily in a tree. Picture: Dean Atkins

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