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Scientific research – finding out the real reasons behind observations and impressions is vital for conservation. Only a deep understanding of the true facts will allow you to confidently implement conservation actions. barn owl ringing. sculthorpe 040711 59Ringing a Barn Owl chick for scientific research. H&OT

We undertake our own research and encourage volunteers, students and contractors, as well as partner organisations, to get involved with projects, either by submitting records to individual projects or by undertaking their own work on Trust reserves. If you are keen to undertake your own project on one of our reserves, then please do contact us to discuss further.

Here are some of the ongoing projects you can find out more about, or get involved with (click on the page to submit a sighting/record):

• Urban nesting Peregrine web cameras. Part of the Peregrine Network project.

Hen Harrier satellite tracking. Gaining a better understanding of Hen Harrier behaviour and movements to improve its future in England.

Marsh Harrier wing-tagging. Marking Marsh Harriers in East Anglia to study their dispersal post-breeding and find out more about this naturally re-colonising species.

UK Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey. Report sightings of Hen Harriers in winter as part of a nation-wide survey.

Adopt A Box. Find out more about the research that is being done as part of our most popular project.

• Baseline wildlife surveying at Sculthorpe. Recording birds and dragonflies and fungi (other groups to be added) at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve as baseline information to put the reserve into context locally, as well as monitoring the effects of future reserve development.

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• Baseline wildlife surveying at Shapwick. Recording birds and invertebrates on Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve as baseline information for comparison as the reserve is gradually restored from arable farmland to fen and rough grassland.