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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 244
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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…

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.