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May 19, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and wild garlic flowers are making way for fresh green canopies and unkempt flora that will see us through summer. Lambs are jumping for joy and bleating away at the…
May 13, 2020
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Covid 19 - Update

Update on the 13th May. The Trust welcomes the government’s announcement this week to restart the economy. We are continuing to monitor the situation, but Sculthorpe Moor Nature reserve will remain shut for public access at this present time as well as the…
May 10, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Lockdown life continues at the Hawk and Owl Trust

With a skeleton crew at our reserves and project sites, social distancing measurements in place and a lack of footfall visiting us, work continues at the Hawk and Owl Trust! Lambing season at Sculthorpe was certainly eventful this year. The team (all two of…

Hamish Smith on the Bath Peregrines

Apr 26, 2020 672
Since 2006 a total of 38 peregrines have fledged successfully from the Bath Peregrines…

Bath Peregrine Update: The First Chick of 2020 is Here!

Apr 21, 2020 2237
The first Bath Peregrines chick of 2020 is here! Hamish Smith has been keeping a close…

Essential Lockdown Viewing

Apr 05, 2020 1682
Keep an eye on the Hawk and Owl Trusts live cams! Whilst hunkered down safely in your…

Nigel Middleton YouTube Update on Sculthorpe Moor

Apr 04, 2020 614
Nigel Middelton updates us on life at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve during this, our…

Lockdown Wildlife Encounters

Apr 04, 2020 700
What a whirlwind of events! We’re almost two weeks into lockdown here at the Hawk and Owl…

Two New Ponds for Shapwick Moor!

Mar 20, 2020 573
The excavation of two ponds is progressing well on Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve. After a…

Bath Peregrines 4th Egg

Mar 20, 2020 1175
The Bath Peregrines falcon laid her fourth egg of the 2020 season at 12:02 today, 20…

Coronavirus Update - Reserves Remain open 18/3/20

Mar 18, 2020 611
Coronavirus update from the Hawk and Owl Trust 18/3/20 ⭐We are open!⭐Sculthorpe Moor…

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

Mar 17, 2020 842
Reserves and Events Update: After to last nights (16/3/20) Coronavirus updates we would…

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