This Ural owl was from my first visit this year to ICBOP at Newent..
The northern populations of the Ural Owl occupy similar habitat to the Great Grey Owl (See my last posting here), nesting in lowland forests but avoiding dense areas, especially those of purely conifers.
In central Europe it is an upland species, preferring deciduous woodland. It usually occupies open woodland and is more often found in moist rather than dry areas. It nests in hollow tree trunks, occasionally in old raptor nests, and increasingly in nestboxes.