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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.
January 14, 2020
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Work for the Hawk and Owl Trust

We are now advertising for a Assistant Peregrine Officer for the 2020 season at the Norwich Cathedral watchpoint. Please click on the link for further information https://hawkandowltrust.org/about-us/jobs

Sculthorpe Moor - update 27th December

Dec 26, 2019 226
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Sculthorpe is open 8-4 today. Last entry 3pm.

Chris Sperring Live from Norway

Dec 26, 2019 107
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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 260
Sculthorpe Update. Closed 24th & 25th December. Flood waters are going down, slowly! It…

Sculthorpe Moor

Dec 17, 2019 177
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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 954
After a successfully 2019 breeding season with all four eggs being hatched and the young…

Work for the Trust

Nov 05, 2019 464
We are now looking to recruit Editor for Trust publications - part time Social Media and…

New Trust Chairman Appointed

Oct 01, 2019 652
Philip Merricks welcoming the new Trust Chairman – Henry Robinson Hawk and Owl Trust 50th…

New Wetland Area at Sculthorpe

Sep 17, 2019 695
The new wetland area is taking shaping. Photos: (C) Martin Hayward-Smith

Sculthorpe Moor Closure

Aug 06, 2019 964
The Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre will be CLOSED this SATURDAY 10…

Fire brigade called to nest site - false alarm

Jul 02, 2019 1686
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Last night the fire brigade were called to the Hawk and Owl Trust Peregrine nesting…

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