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September 17, 2019
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New Wetland Area at Sculthorpe

The new wetland area is taking shaping. Photos: (C) Martin Hayward-Smith
August 06, 2019
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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
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Fire brigade called to nest site - false alarm

Last night the fire 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…

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

Jun 24, 2019 946
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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.

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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…

On 21 June a dShot Marsh Harrierog 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 records the kind of injury that shows the bird had been shot. The bird was reported to staff at the reserve very quickly after the member of the public had tried, unsuccessfully to contact RSPCA. Unfortunately, a subsequent search failed to find the bird; the vegetation was all broken down with only a few feathers left.

The male Marsh Harrier breeding on the reserve has not been seen since and his absence puts this year’s chicks at risk as both parents are needed to supply enough food for a growing brood.

Police are asking for anyone with any information to contact them. If you saw anything last week that may be relevant please contact Jason Pegden (PC1257 - Wells SNT (C11), North Norfolk LDU) on 101.

The Trust has recently announced that it has purchased over 150 acres of land on either side of its existing 45-acre reserve along the River Wensum valley, one mile west of Fakenham. The new land is in two parcels and it is on the boundary of the western portion, near Sculthorpe Mill, that the bird was found.

Although native, Marsh Harriers had become extinct in England by the late 1800s. Occasional wandering birds from the continent bred in Suffolk and Norfolk up to the 1950s but numbers crashed once again and, by 1961, no Marsh Harriers bred in the UK. Once the use of pesticides was banned numbers once again began to climb and now, thankfully, these magnificent birds are becoming a familiar sight in the fens, marshes and reedbeds of eastern England. Marsh Harriers target rodents, birds, insects, reptiles, frogs and even, on occasion, fish. 

Nigel Middleton, Sculthorpe Moor Reserve Manager, saidWe hear of birds of prey being killed illegally so often. Illegal persecution is such a problem and it’s inexcusable. Having it happen on our door step has come as a real shock. Marsh Harriers are the reason that Sculthorpe is a reserve. This is just horrifying. If anyone knows anything please let the police know. Let’s bring this criminal to justice