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Katherine Hewkin is the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.

Katherine taking great care of the 2020 yews

Can you tell us about your role at the  Hawk and Owl Trust?

I’m the Trainee Assistant Warden at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve.  No two days are the same. My role is really varied and it’s hard to describe a set day. As an example, it might range from checking our livestock to doing practical habitat management or helping with warden duties and infrastructure work.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy how each day is different and that I get to work outside in a lovely place with good people, doing a job I care about. I’m very lucky to work around wildlife on a daily basis.

What were you doing beforehand?

I graduated from the Cornwall Campus of Exeter University in 2018 with a BSc in Conservation Biology and Ecology. It was a brilliant place to study wildlife because there are so many different habitats right on its doorstep. Before working at Sculthorpe, I completed a 12-month voluntary internship as a Conservation Assistant at Dartmoor.

Is that where you grew up?

No, I grew up in Norfolk, about half an hour away from Sculthorpe  Moor Nature Reserve, so I’m local to the community, land and wildlife.

Were you always interested in conservation?

Yes, I’ve always been interested in the environment and what lives in it, and I always wanted a job that I cared about and made a difference.  I feel very lucky to be able to work outside every day and do something  I enjoy so much.

Last question... what’s your favourite bird?

It’s hard to pick a favourite bird! They all have their own characters which are unique to them and I honestly like them all. If I had to get down to a top three, it would be:

-Barn Owls (they are always special to watch, and I’ve grown up looking out for them).

-House Martins (they remind me of summer evenings, and I could watch them for hours).  

-Blackbirds (they are such a familiar sight and I like their cheeky nature).

As featured in Peregrine no.110 Spring/Summer 2020. Peregrine is the Hawk and Owl Trusts twice-yearly magazine publication. Peregrine is distributed free to members, for more information on becoming a member find out more here:

nterview: Charlie Thompson, 2020 Editor of Peregrine Magazine


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