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March 20, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Two New Ponds for Shapwick Moor!

The excavation of two ponds is progressing well on Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve. After a very wet winter, volunteers at Shapwick have finally been able to excavate 2 new ponds on the reserve. The funding for these came from a national scheme run by Natural…
March 20, 2020
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Bath Peregrines 4th Egg

The Bath Peregrines falcon laid her fourth egg of the 2020 season at 12:02 today, 20 March.
March 18, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Coronavirus Update - Reserves Remain open 18/3/20

Coronavirus update from the Hawk and Owl Trust 18/3/20 ⭐We are open!⭐Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve remain open. Our reserves are to remain open to visitors until further notice. We are operating with reduced numbers of staff…

Coronavirus Update - Hawk and Owl Trust Reserves, Events and Activities

Mar 17, 2020 510
Reserves and Events Update: After to last nights (16/3/20) Coronavirus updates we would…

The First Norwich Peregrines Egg of 2020!

Mar 16, 2020 666
The first Norwich Peregrine egg of the season is here! The Falcon laid the egg at 16…

The First Bath Peregrines Egg of 2020!

Mar 14, 2020 696
The first Bath Peregrines egg of the season was laid on Friday (13/3/20). Hamish Smith-…

Barn Owls Rehabilitated at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

Mar 13, 2020 500
At the end of 2019, just before Christmas, the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre…

Join us at the Norfolk Festival of Nature!

Mar 11, 2020 249
The Hawk and Owl Trust will be located at The Forum, Norwich on the 15th March for the…

Norwich Peregrine Live Camera - Offline 16/3/20

Mar 11, 2020 447
From Monday 16th March 2020 the Norwich live Peregrine camera will be offline. The…

Bath Peregrines Countdown for First Egg of 2020

Mar 11, 2020 534
In 2019 the first egg from the breeding pair had already been laid. Today the Bath…

Sculthorpe Update: Victor’s Hide is Open!

Mar 10, 2020 326
Sculthorpe volunteers have finished repair work on the boardwalk and fencing leading up…

Gardening Group Plant 1250 Hedge Plants!

Mar 04, 2020 383
Over the past 6 weeks Sculthorpe’s gardening group volunteers have been tirelessly…

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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.