20. Snowy Owl

As the name suggests, snowy owls are found in arctic regions, with their white feathers providing camouflage against the snow. Unlike most owls, they are usually active during the day.

They are not often seen in the British Isles, occasionally venturing as far south as the Cairngorms in Scotland during the breeding season, but they have not been found to be breeding in the UK for many decades.

The specimen pictured (named Blizzard) was captive-bred and likely died of a heart attack at her home near Leek. She is currently playing the role of Hedwig in our Potters Lane exhibition in the Local History Gallery.