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Another sneak peek behind the scenes at Sculthorpe Moor!

This week Nigel Middleton and I walked onto paths un-boarded and closed to the public to take a look at the new wetland area of the reserve. The land was purchased in 2019 with funding from a £821,000  Lottery grant. 

Sculthorpe team member’s Lilly and Jake have been cutting down reeds and scrub that are growing on the sandbanks of the reserves new wetland area. Today they were braving the muddy sandbanks once more with their strimmers cutting back the year's growth [pictured]. By doing this they are providing open spaces that will support new types of species on the reserve. Despite the wetland being a relatively new feature a family of Lapwings swiftly moved into the area this year- a first for Sculthorpe!

Also spotted on the wetland today was an Egret, Kingfisher, and of course a Buzzard that keeps a keen eye over all reserve activity and is almost a landmark feature at Sculthorpe Moor. Lizards and dragonflies are in abundance, and there is a staggering array of flora that has grown from the soil that was only recently cleared of a once dense wooded area.  Nigel spotted an unusual plant growing at the side of a reed bed - Nodding Bur Marigold. Which has only been seen once before on the other side of the reserve.

Future plans for the wetland include a second new elevated education hide, which will offer impressive aspects over the wetland and woodland behind. Two meters off ground level this hide will offer visitors even more opportunities to enjoy the wildlife at Sculthorpe.

Plans to create walkways into the woodland are already underway with our Get-on-Board appeal*. The woodland was planted in the 1840s-1880s and the timber was used to create charcoal for gunpowder,  hence the plan to call the new walkway The Gun Powder Trail.

Nigel and I hope to update you regularly with how the wetland area is taking shape.

*If you would like to donate or become a part of the Get on Board appeal please visit the following pages on our website:

- Donations: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/9452#!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails

- Get on Board: https://hawkandowltrust.co.uk/index.php/donate/get-on-board

 [Written by Laura Wharton, Social Media Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust]

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