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July 30, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

The Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe Moor!

Take part in the Big Butterfly Count at Sculthorpe! Are you taking part in this year's Big Butterfly Count? We’ve been out and about spotting butterflies on the Sculthorpe Reserve this week, all you need is a sharp eye and the free Big Butterfly Count app:…
July 15, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways

Steep Learning Curve for Volunteers Working on New Sculthorpe Walkways The Get on Board scheme at Sculthorpe Moor is about halfway through thanks to the generous donations from the public. Volunteers have been shovelling, rollering, and learning their way…
July 15, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

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

Recent Peregrine Rescue Highlights Great Work in UK for Bird of Prey Conservation A recent Peregrine rescue highlights the important work that is happening in the UK with birds of prey, and for the most part goes unreported. A gamekeeper who works on an…

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

Jul 01, 2020 964
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 714
This week Simon Beard, representing Hawk & Owl at the Shapwick Moor Reserve, met with…

Sculthorpe Re-Opening Monday 15th June

Jun 08, 2020 1089
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 939
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 684
An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of…

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

May 19, 2020 1023
Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and…

Covid 19 - Update

May 13, 2020 976
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Update on the 13th May. The Trust welcomes the government’s announcement this week to…

Lockdown life continues at the Hawk and Owl Trust

May 10, 2020 1112
With a skeleton crew at our reserves and project sites, social distancing measurements in…

Hamish Smith on the Bath Peregrines

Apr 26, 2020 1241
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 2976
The first Bath Peregrines chick of 2020 is here! Hamish Smith has been keeping a close…

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.