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January 21, 2020
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Sculthorpe Moor Open

Thank you to everyone for the support shown during the recent flooding. We are now open again 8 - 4 every day.
January 17, 2020
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Tree Planting at Shapwick Moor

Tree planting in progress at Shapwick Moor this through the generous donation of a local member. This member has now donated a considerable sum towards improving the biodiversity of the reserve including trees & drainage gutter cutting in fields. The Alder…
January 16, 2020
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Sculthorpe Moor Closed

We are sorry but Sculthorpe will be closed on until Monday 20th January due to 2 - 3 feet of water over nearly the entire site due to the water being held back by the mainly by the Fakenham bypass.

Work for the Hawk and Owl Trust

Jan 14, 2020 153
We are now advertising for a Assistant Peregrine Officer for the 2020 season at the…

Sculthorpe Moor - update 27th December

Dec 26, 2019 245
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Sculthorpe is open 8-4 today. Last entry 3pm.

Chris Sperring Live from Norway

Dec 26, 2019 121
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Chris Sperring was live from Trysil in Norway, listen to the the post. Note link works…

Sculthorpe Moor Update 23/12/2019

Dec 23, 2019 267
Sculthorpe Update. Closed 24th & 25th December. Flood waters are going down, slowly! It…

Sculthorpe Moor

Dec 17, 2019 194
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Please be advised the Sulthorpe Moor reserve and visitors centre will be closed on…

Bath Peregrines - Update November 2019

Nov 26, 2019 969
After a successfully 2019 breeding season with all four eggs being hatched and the young…

Work for the Trust

Nov 05, 2019 473
We are now looking to recruit Editor for Trust publications - part time Social Media and…

New Trust Chairman Appointed

Oct 01, 2019 662
Philip Merricks welcoming the new Trust Chairman – Henry Robinson Hawk and Owl Trust 50th…

New Wetland Area at Sculthorpe

Sep 17, 2019 703
The new wetland area is taking shaping. Photos: (C) Martin Hayward-Smith

Sculthorpe Moor Closure

Aug 06, 2019 972
The Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre will be CLOSED this SATURDAY 10…

Sculthorpe moor oak fen by Andy Thompson

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 Nature Reserve near Fakenham in North Norfolk. The reserve is famous for its wildlife and habitats and with the addition of the new land will offer a home to a vast range of wildlife from plants and fungi, to Otters and birds of prey. Public support for the appeal to raise the £1.7million needed to buy the land and turn it into a wildlife paradise has been astonishing, with enough raised in just two years to enable the land to be secured and the three-year project to manage the land and develop the infrastructure to be started. The project relied on a major Heritage Lottery Fund award, and a significant amount has also been donated by the Local Enterprise Programme (LEP).

The Hawk and Owl Trust, can’t wait to get started on delivering the 3-year project to allow public access to the land and develop the habitats to make the land more suitable for the widest range of wildlife using their proven land management techniques. Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is already one of the country’s most accessible reserves and is internationally recognised for its wildlife. The reserve is located in the beautiful Wensum Valley in Norfolk, and is a marvellous, peaceful place with a huge variety of wildlife in a rich and unusual mosaic of woodland, fen and reedbed habitats. At only 18-hectares (45 acres), the existing reserve is easy to explore and offers everyone a real opportunity to get involved with the natural environment. Small but perfectly formed: a real gem, it is recognised how important being out in the fresh air is to our mental well-being.

The two large areas of land on either side are currently rough grassland and were about to be put on the open market for sale. Hawk and Owl Trust were given two years to raise the money to purchase the land and begin the project and thanks to the generosity of a huge number of visitors and supporters, alongside a large Heritage Lottery Fund application and significant donations from individuals and the Local Enterprise Programme (Norfolk LEP).

The new area of land has a rich history of peat cutting, gravel extraction, gunpowder manufacture, brush making, shooting range, charcoal making and water mills. The Trust’s vision for the area is about so much more than amazing wildlife. The future will see a rich ecosystem co-existing with the local community with access for all, rural history, rural crafts and traditional sustainable management benefiting the landscape, people and wildlife. The three-year project to deliver the vision for the reserve will begin on August 5th as the diggers roll onto the barren fields to scrape away the first bucket loads of soil in the formation of open water and redirection of the ditches. A new entrance near the visitor centre will be the next task, as boardwalks and other fully accessible pathways will be taking shape around the reserve.

As wildlife struggles more with loss of habitat, man-made obstacles and changing climate, nature reserves are an increasingly important oasis. Likewise, it is now recognised that activity out in the fresh air, and enjoying mature, are crucial to our own health and mental well-being. One of the key goals at Sculthorpe has always been accessibility to all, allowing everyone that chance to experience wild places. A programme of activities, and the opportunity to get involved and volunteer have always been a key role and the new land will enable the Trust to offer this to even more people.