The Owls of Bath have landed in The Telegraph today in a feature about city-wide sculpture trails taking place across the UK this summer, including Gromits in Bristol, Cotswold Hares, Robins in Nottingham, Bees in Manchester and Penguins in Dundee!

The Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail is named after Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom to whom the Roman Baths temple was dedicated in the 1st century AD, and whose symbol is the all-seeing owl of wisdom.

The owls will be nesting across Bath and the surrounding area until 10th September, when they will start flying back to Nest HQ for preening, prior to the Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend and the charity auction, which will take place in Bath (and online) on the evening of 17th October.

As well as over 70 owls nesting across the city centre, some of the fabulously decorated owls can also be found perched in Bradford on Avon, Cumberwell Park Golf Course, The Owlery at Newton St Loe, Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock and Clarks Village in Street,

Owl Trail Maps are available from Waterstones in Milsom Street, Bath Aqua Glass in Abbey Churchyard and the Visitor Information Centre for a £2 donation to the event charities.  The free Owls of Bath app can be downloaded from QR codes on the owls’ plinths.

To see where the rest of the Owls of Bath flock is nesting, visit the Map Page of the website.  It’ll be a hoot!

Emily, named after the founder of its sponsor Norland College, is perched in pride of place outside the Royal Crescent Hotel.  Painted by Bath artist Vera Carbin.

Photo: @townieroy

Hoops, painted by Bath Spa University graduate Elysia Paterson and sponsored by Bath Rugby, on his first day at the Bath Rugby store on Pulteney Bridge – form an orderly scrum to see him!

Oswold, decorated by mother and daughter team Charlotte and Claire Self, is beautifully displayed at the Whitehall Garden Centre, between historic Corsham and the beautiful village of Lacock – virtually unchanged for 200 years and a regular setting for period dramas.  An idea day out for owl fans of all ages!




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