The Big Hoot
During the summer holidays, we spent a weekend in Birmingham to go on an owl hunt – trying to spot as may of the 89 large owls across the city which are part of The Big Hoot. Each of the owls have their own unique design, some of which don’t even look like owls!
The girls were very enthusiastic about our owl hunt. We searched for the owls around Brindleyplace, The Mailbox, New Street, The Bullring, Cathedral Square, Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Snow Hill and even took a tram out to Jewellery Quarter. The owls are all beautifully designed and all very different from each other. We also managed to see a few of the Little Hoot owls – these are smaller owls which have been produced by schools from across Birmingham.
The Big Hoot is only on until the 27th September after which you will be able to catch them all together at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park on the 10th and 11th October and then they will all be auctioned off on 15th October to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
All the owls we saw were brilliant in their own unique way, but these are our favourite owls and photographs from our owl hunt:
Top row: The girls ponder next to The Graduate; the monkey around with TropicOwl; and Freyja pretends to be penguin with Alf the Penguin Owl
Middle row: Freyja attempts to look scary next to Ozzy’s Owl; she pretends to be a clock with Tick-Tock; chats on the phone to Owlfred; and is excited to find Percy Pertemps
Bottom row: The girls cuddle Tessellated Triangles; Emily finds a Little Hoot owl – it is pink and glittery and called “Elsa“!; Wise Old Owl outside the library; Leo was definitely a favourite for all of us and the girls posed really nicely next to it
We would highly recommend a trip around the city (and outskirts) to track down the owls. You can find out more here – but do it quickly before they fly off to new homes!