Our Enduring Fascination With Owls

Everybody has heard of the wise old owl. But why do we think owls are wise? Is it the large alert eyes or the way they perch on the branches of trees? Either way the myth of the wise old owl has inspired many a carved owl made of stone or wood.

We have examples of both wood and stone owls at the reclamation yard which will help you continue a long tradition which has seen the owl feature in art work stretching back thousands of years to the time we lived in caves!

The wise old owl myth may have come from ancient Greece where the bird was associated with the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athene. But not all cultures viewed owls as cute, cuddly wise creatures. The Romans thought they were a symbol of impending disaster and worse still if you heard a hoot as a Roman, you probably thought your number was up.

When it came to wars the Greeks though the owl would bring them victory in contrast to the romans who feared that owls would lose them the battle.

In the UK the Welsh believed (bizarrely) that the hoot of an owl meant an unmarried girl had lost her virginity. In Yorkshire they though owls made a tasty broth that would cure all sorts of illnesses.