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July 01, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

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

Gyr / Saker Falcon Reunited with Owner (over 125 miles from home!) The Hawk and Owl Trust were called out to the Robertson Barracks in Norfolk after an unusual bird of prey was spotted loose on site. Robertson Barracks is the current home of 1st The Queen's…
June 12, 2020
Latest News Laura Wharton

A walk in the past at Shapwick Moor

This week Simon Beard, representing Hawk & Owl at the Shapwick Moor Reserve, met with Julie Merrett of Natural England and Holly & Bev Whitcombe. [Pictured] Close to the Barbera Handley Hide on the reserve there are a few interesting signs of buildings that…
June 08, 2020
Latest News Super User

Sculthorpe Re-Opening Monday 15th June

We are re-opening from Monday 15th June The reserve is open seven days per week, 8 am – 4 pm. Last entry is 3 pm To work safer together, we are limiting access to the hides—one person per window. During busy times, please respect other users who may also want…

It's Volunteer Week at Sculthorpe Moor

Jun 03, 2020 665
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 456
An update from Simon Beard at our Shapwick Reserve in the South West. After years of…

Sculthorpe Reserve Slips into Summer

May 19, 2020 833
Sculthorpe Moor is slipping into the warmer summer months. Spring shows of bluebells and…

Covid 19 - Update

May 13, 2020 818
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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 971
With a skeleton crew at our reserves and project sites, social distancing measurements in…

Hamish Smith on the Bath Peregrines

Apr 26, 2020 1112
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 2796
The first Bath Peregrines chick of 2020 is here! Hamish Smith has been keeping a close…

Essential Lockdown Viewing

Apr 05, 2020 2030
Keep an eye on the Hawk and Owl Trusts live cams! Whilst hunkered down safely in your…

Nigel Middleton YouTube Update on Sculthorpe Moor

Apr 04, 2020 813
Nigel Middelton updates us on life at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve during this, our…

Lockdown Wildlife Encounters

Apr 04, 2020 952
What a whirlwind of events! We’re almost two weeks into lockdown here at the Hawk and Owl…

The excavation of two ponds is progressing well on Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve.

After a very wet winter, volunteers at Shapwick have finally been able to excavate 2 new ponds on the reserve. The funding for these came from a national scheme run by Natural England to widen a network of ponds specifically to reduce the decline in native Newts.  

Both ponds are located insight of public footpaths and they should attract many other species as well as Newts!  Although they will fill with water quickly, the marginal plants will take time to establish and the reserve hopes to be able to translocate plants from other more established ponds locally later in the year.  

The huge amounts of spoil produced in excavating these ponds will be seeded with a conservation mix of grass seeds in the coming month.