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June 24, 2019
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Bright future ahead as nationally important nature reserve more than triples in size.

The ink is barely dry, but today Hawk and Owl Trust are celebrating watching the mid-summer sun rising over their new land area. They have ‘signed on the dotted line’ in the purchase of 150 acres of land surrounding their existing 45 acre Sculthorpe Moor…
June 23, 2019
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Barn Owl Live Update

Barn Owl Update Sunday 23rd June 2019. 3 eggs hatched so far, and 3 remaining. The male is now roosting in another box locally and continues to bring in a good supply of food.
June 18, 2019
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Serendipity Garden Project

Just a few of our amazing volunteers busy with the 'Serendipity Gardening Project' at Sculthorpe today. Yet another way we are reaching out to the community and helping others get involved with the amazing health-giving properties of being outside in the…

Wet weather affecting breeding season. In some places...

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In south and eastern Britain last week the heavens opened, and it seemed like the rain…

Norwich Peregrines: all 3 chicks fledge

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Today, 7th June 2019, at about 20 minutes past midday the third, and final, chick fledged…

Volunteers Week 2019

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What do a warm welcome, Barn Owls raising chicks in nest boxes, cleared ditches,…

First 2019 Peregrine chick at Norwich fledges.

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At 10.40am this morning the first of the chicks at the Norwich cathedral Peregrine nest…

Bath Peregrine chick 'TX' returned successfully.

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Bath Peregrine chick, colour-ringed ‘TX’, which left the nest box backwards on 18 May…

Bath Peregrines update - one chick fledges.

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Bath Peregrines latest: Female TV fledged on the evening of 24 May 2019 and spent the…

Bath Peregrines - update 18/05/2019

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One of the female chicks left the nest, almost certainly accidentally, this morning. She…

Norwich Peregrine chicks ringed

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Yesterday (13 May 2019) the three Peregrine chicks at Norwich cathedral were ringed by…

Full brood at Bath

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All four eggs have now hatched at Bath Peregrine nest, all seem healthy and the parents…

First Peregrine chick hatches at Bath

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Exactly on schedule, if anything a day earlier than expected, the first chick has hatched…

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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.