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September 17, 2019
Latest News Super User

New Wetland Area at Sculthorpe

The new wetland area is taking shaping. Photos: (C) Martin Hayward-Smith
August 06, 2019
Latest News Super User

Sculthorpe Moor Closure

The Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre will be CLOSED this SATURDAY 10 AUGUST from MIDDAY for a private function for our fabulous volunteers
July 02, 2019
Shot Marsh Harrier
Latest News Su Gough

Horror as rare Marsh Harrier shot next to Sculthorpe reserve

On 21 June a dog walker came across a critically injured male Marsh Harrier on the boundary of the Trust’s nature reserve at Sculthorpe Moor near Fakenham in Norfolk. Sadly, the finder was unable to get to the bird to rescue but did take a photograph which…

Bright future ahead as nationally important nature reserve more than triples in size.

Jun 24, 2019 946
Sculthorpe moor oak fen by Andy Thompson
The ink is barely dry, but today Hawk and Owl Trust are celebrating watching the…

Barn Owl Live Update

Jun 23, 2019 834
Barn Owl Update Sunday 23rd June 2019. 3 eggs hatched so far, and 3 remaining. The male…

Serendipity Garden Project

Jun 18, 2019 367
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Just a few of our amazing volunteers busy with the 'Serendipity Gardening Project' at…

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

Jun 17, 2019 826
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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

Jun 06, 2019 384
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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.

Jun 02, 2019 1079
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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.

Jun 01, 2019 518
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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.

May 24, 2019 691
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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

May 18, 2019 1269
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One of the female chicks left the nest, almost certainly accidentally, this morning. She…

Last night the fireDoc3 brigade were called to the Hawk and Owl Trust Peregrine nesting platform on Norwich Cathedral at just before 11pm. A member of the public watching the live web camera footage believed that they could see smoke rising from one of the wires from the camera. The fire brigade responded and, with great difficulty, accessed the nest box via the spire. Thankfully, it was a false alarm, a visual effect caused by light on a trapped fluffy down feather wrapped around the wire.

We are aware that supporters monitor the cameras day and night and care deeply about the Peregrine family that have made their home on the platform, however, the Trust would like to remind everyone of a few facts which may help prevent further false alarms.

Safety of the platform, and most particularly the structure of the historic cathedral, were paramount during the installation and siting of the nest box and the Trust worked alongside colleagues from the Cathedral Estates Department during the design and installation of the whole system.

The camera system runs on a very low voltage system, so shorting is extremely unlikely. In the very unlikely event of damage the whole system is fused and would shut down immediately. This means that web camera observers would not be able to watch the kind of event the fire brigade was called out for last night as the cameras would cease working and transmitting.

The approach to the nest platform is very difficult and, especially, with firefighting equipment, time consuming and noisy. Such an approach at a time during the season when adults or young were still on the platform could have a catastrophic effect on the safety of the chicks, or even disturb the adults enough to prevent them breeding on the platform.

In the absolute worst-case scenario of the platform setting alight, the fire would very quickly burn itself out. The platform, albeit wooden, is fixed to the stone spire via metal brackets, and the wiring and computers are safely housed, fused, with a metal container.

We are enormously grateful for the work the fire service do, and we wish to ensure that they are not called in error causing them a time consuming and difficult ascent or, even worse, taking their time when they may be needed elsewhere.