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September 09, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

New Wetland Development Progress at Sculthorpe Moor

Another sneak peek behind the scenes at Sculthorpe Moor! This week Nigel Middleton and I walked onto paths un-boarded and closed to the public to take a look at the new wetland area of the reserve. The land was purchased in 2019 with funding from a £821,000…
September 08, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Volunteer at Shapwick Moor this Winter!

Can you help out at Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve? Simon Beard, the Community Manager at Shapwick Moor, is looking for volunteers to help with the reserve's Winter season task list. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help out on a variety of set days including…
August 15, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Baling for Biodiversity at Sculthorpe Moor

Baling for Biodiversity For the last 2 weeks, one of our staff members Lilly, has been cutting, band raking, and baling our fen meadows. There are many reasons why this is an environmentally positive idea: First of all, the bales provide food for our local…

The Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe Moor!

Jul 30, 2020 510
Take part in the Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe! Are you taking part in this year's…

Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways

Jul 15, 2020 831
Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways The Get on Board…

Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation

Jul 15, 2020 1025
Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation A…

Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!)

Jul 01, 2020 1415
Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!) The Hawk and Owl Trust…

A walk in the past at Shapwick Moor

Jun 12, 2020 1033
This week Simon Beard, representing Hawk & Owl at the Shapwick Moor Reserve, met with…

Sculthorpe Re-Opening Monday 15th June

Jun 08, 2020 1493
We are re-opening from Monday 15th June The reserve is open seven days per week, 8 am – 4…

It's Volunteer Week at Sculthorpe Moor

Jun 03, 2020 1206
We’re delighted to start welcoming familiar faces back on to the Sculthorpe Reserve this…

Yellow Rattle Success at Shapwick Moor Reserve

May 27, 2020 849
An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of…

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

May 19, 2020 1196
Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and…

Covid 19 - Update

May 13, 2020 1138
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Update on the 13th May. The Trust welcomes the government’s announcement this week to…

chickYesterday (13 May 2019) the three Peregrine chicks at Norwich cathedral were ringed by fully-trained licenced bird ringers, who have been granted special access to the nest of a Schedule 1 protected species – without which it is illegal to approach the nest of Peregrines.

After being carefully removed from the nest, the chicks are taken inside and measured, checked and weighed before a lightweight, individually numbered metal ring is placed on their leg. Once each has been ringed and their details – biometrics – recorded they are replaced in the nest together.

Handling the chicks like this allows us the opportunity to check their health and the biometrics will reveal the likely sex of each chick, although it is never 100% accurate.

During the ringing process the parents were nearby and aware of what was happening. As in previous years the male seemed unconcerned and the female, who has not experienced ringing of her chicks before, flew around and called, but quickly settled as soon as the chicks were returned. Food was brought in and the family were feeding normally very shortly after the ringers had left the cathedral spire.

The ring is the equivalent of us wearing a bracelet or wrist watch and the birds ignore them, but they do allow individual identification should the bird ever been found in the future. In addition to the metal BTO rings, we also fix lightweight plastic ‘Darvic’ colour rings, each with a unique combination of colour and 2-letter code. These allow individual identification of the bird without the need to capture or handle them in any way – much as the resident female Peregrine at Norwich is ringed with a blue Darvic ring with the letters ‘GA’ inscribed on it. This has revealed that she is the same bird that was ringed as a chick at Bath in 2013, and that several of her siblings have also been resighted in various locations around the country.

This year the chicks measured as two females and one male. The two females were colour ringed with orange YL and YS and the male with orange L7. We look forward to finding out where the three Norwich chicks this year end up, whilst all the while adding to scientists’ knowledge of the birds, their dispersal and survival patterns.

Photo by Chris Skipper