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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…

Fen Appeal - News February 2019

We recently heard the wonderful news that we successfully passed the second stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application, releasing the necessary funds to allow purchase of the land surrounding our reserve at Sculthorpe, in Norfolk and to begin the on-going development and maintenance of the area as a nature reserve and community project.

Sculthorpe Fen, as the new area is known, has a long and very varied history and a rich wildlife. The Hawk and Owl Trust has maintained the Fen for the current landowners for a number of years, but the potential for wildlife will never be fulfilled whilst the area remains in use as agricultural land. Purchase of the land will ensure long-term access to the existing Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, essential for ongoing management of this award-winning reserve and will allow dedicated management of the fen area, for the benefit of all wildlife, from plants and algae up to birds of prey.

Access for all is, and always has been, an essential part of what makes the reserve special. This project contains a large element of allowing everyone, no matter what their mobility and abilities, to enjoy and learn from the wildlife and countryside around them. The National Lottery funding is an essential part of bringing this vision to reality, and we are immensely heartened by their support for the Sculthorpe Fen project and we look forward to now being able to go ahead and developing the project with HLF alongside us. 

The extension and development of the reserve has been a long time coming, but desperately hoped for. Sculthorpe is an oasis in the midst of intensive agriculture and the huge and diverse wildlife to be found here bears testament to how important for wildlife it is – and what effect the larger area will have on the biodiversity in this part of Norfolk. The local community has always been at the heart of Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and this National Lottery grant will enable us to significantly increase the size and impact of the reserve, providing a place for the community to experience nature and to get involved, as so many already do, with a wealth of volunteering opportunities.