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February 12, 2020
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An Illustrated Talk with Zoe Smith - Braintree Wildlife Group

Braintree Wildlife Group are hosting an illustrated talk with Zoe Smith our Urban Peregrine Project Officer on the 18th February 2020 at St.Andrews Church Hall in Halstead. Entry is £3 donation on the door, no booking required! More information on this…
February 10, 2020
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Sculthorpe Moor - Monday 10th February

Monday 10th February. We are sorry, but Sculthorpe Moor will be shut all day. We have two trees down across the entrance lane, normal service should be resumed on Tuesday 11th.
February 09, 2020
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Sunday 9th February - Sculthorpe Moor

We are sorry due to the high winds Sculthorpe Moor will be shut today.

Events Update: Beginner and Intermediate Photography Courses at Sculthorpe

Feb 04, 2020 153
Join reputable wildlife photographer Steve Norris for beginner and intermediate day…

Events update: Peregrine Watchpoint Training Sessions

Feb 04, 2020 162
The 2020 Peregrine Watchpoint training sessions have been confirmed. These sessions have…

Kestrel Highways Project Update

Feb 03, 2020 134
Last week volunteers replaced some of the Kestrel boxes at Worston House in Highbridge.…

Job Vacancy: Norfolk Urban Peregrines Project Assistant

Jan 28, 2020 901
We're currently recruiting for a Peregrines Project Assistant. The aim of the post is to…

Waxwing at Sculthorpe!

Jan 28, 2020 333
It has been an exciting week at Sculthorpe as a beautiful guest visitor decided to stop…

Sculthorpe Moor Open

Jan 21, 2020 320
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Thank you to everyone for the support shown during the recent flooding. We are now open…

Tree Planting at Shapwick Moor

Jan 17, 2020 175
Tree planting in progress at Shapwick Moor this through the generous donation of a local…

Sculthorpe Moor Closed

Jan 16, 2020 437
We are sorry but Sculthorpe will be closed on until Monday 20th January due to 2 - 3 feet…

Work for the Hawk and Owl Trust

Jan 14, 2020 325
We are now advertising for a Assistant Peregrine Officer for the 2020 season at the…

Sculthorpe Moor - update 27th December

Dec 26, 2019 358
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Sculthorpe is open 8-4 today. Last entry 3pm.

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The Hawk and Owl Trust have managed Fylingdales Moor in North Yorkshire as a conservation area since 2005. We are very sad to announce that the Trust has ended the contract and its involvement on Fylingdales Moor on the 31 March 2019.

The Moor is privately owned by Sir Frederick Strickland-Constable and, in 2009, he set up the Fylingdales Moor company (FMESS) to receive and administer the High-Level Stewardship (HLS) and grant from Natural England (NE) to finance the management of the moor. The board of FMESS have always been responsible for the oversight and management of the Moor, and in 2009 the Hawk and Owl Trust were contracted directly by FMESS to formally deliver the conservation and education elements of the HLS agreement.

The current 10-year HLS agreement and funding expires in June 2019. For the last 18 months, the Trust has been assisting FMESS to secure a new HLS agreement from NE. In December 2018, FMESS was informed by NE that there would be no new agreement, only a one-year extension. NE made it very clear to FMESS that the current level of funding for that extension would remain as it was when it started in 2009.

The Hawk and Owl Trust have employed three part time staff at Fylingdales funded through this agreement. Staff wages and overheads have increased. Additionally, legislation (e.g. Health & Safety, Pensions) has changed which has put greater responsibilities on the Trust as an employer, and with this comes increased costs but no increase in contributions from FMESS.

Against this background, detailed discussions have taken place with FMESS and Sir Fred over the last 12 months. It has been clear now for several years that the 2009 funding levels offered did not cover our costs, and this would only get worse in future with all the current political uncertainty.

In addition, we felt that the current management contract was not fit for purpose, and there also remained some cultural differences of opinion (thus providing little freedom to apply our proven conservation ideas widely). A new management contract would be required, but again sadly this was declined.

Despite all our efforts, the Directors of FMESS were not prepared to meet the Trusts requests for a new management contract and an increase in funding to cover the overheads, and thereby at least achieve a break-even situation. As a result, the Trustees, after detailed discussions, decided unanimously that the project could not continue, as the financial losses were unsustainable. Be assured that the decision by the Board, to cease involvement in this internationally important northern privately-owned moorland, was taken most reluctantly and followed a lengthy debate.

We are pleased that the Staff, which have been our major concern who have contributed so much during the life of the contract, are not being made redundant, but are being transferred across to continue their work in some form and will be directly employed by FMESS.