A MAN accused of buying an owl is due to appear in court next month.

Mark James Butcher, of Evergreen Close in Three Legged Cross, is charged with purchasing a specimen of species listed in annexe a to council regulation (EC) No 338.

Prosecutors allege the 52-year-old bought a Eurasian eagle owl sometime before December 7 2018.

Butcher has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates' Court on September 18.

The bird is one of the largest species of owl, and it can have a wingspan of up to 6ft 2ins. It can be found in the wild across Europe and Asia.